Detroit: $500 Home On The Ruins Of Fordism

Five people from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning transformed an abandoned house in Detroit into their own design lab. The students bought a 500 dollar house to rethink the concept of the one-family house and sub-urbanism while re-designing it. The ruins of capitalism that Detroit is transforming into has…

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How The Car Drained Detroit

The decline of Detroit is often explained by the fall of the Fordist economy in the city after the global shift to Post-Fordism. In this theory the disappearance of mainly the car industry is directly connected to the vacancy problems that Detroit is facing nowadays. Indeed, during the last decades the fall of the automobile…

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Detroit: The Next Berlin?

NPR recently wrote about an interesting piece of bottom-up urbanism in Detroit. A collective started by Mitch and Gina Cope recruits artists from around the world to move to the Motor City, buy the foreclosed houses and rebuild. The ideamakers hope that the prospect of inexpensive housing will help lure other artists to their Detroit…

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