A Brief History of Detroit: Migration, Manufacturing, Memory

Last Saturday, I gave a talk at Contested Spaces, a collaborative course taught by Ana María León (University of Michigan), Tessa Paneth-Pollak (Michigan State University), and Olga Touloumi (Bard College) where they investigate how architecture intersects with race, class, and gender. The Saturday session where I gave my talk was part of the final workshop for the course, which focused on the contested spaces of Detroit. My talk, "A Brief History of Detroit: Migration, Manufacturing, Memory," attempted to convey a few broad themes in Detroit's history that have contributed to the city's current struggles. See the full video of the talk here.

New beginnings

It's only early August but somehow the scent of fall is in the air. I've got a couple of new projects in the works that I'm really excited to roll out over the course of the next few months. I'll be posting updates here, so check back soon for further details, or subscribe to my email list for instant updates. 

In the Life of Cities: Parallel Narratives of the Urban

Lars Müller Publishers has released In the Life of Cities: Parallel Narratives of the Urban:

"What is it that gives places their individual qualities and defines the life of a city? Architects and urbanists are accustomed to describing and creating the organizational structures, the layouts and physical attributes of our cities. But what are the relations between the design of a city—its form—and the life engendered by that form? Responding to this question is the inspiration for In the Life of Cities. Contributors from a wide range of fields address the role and life of cities as diverse as Baku, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Detroit, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Paris, Quito, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Tirana, and Toronto. Portfolios of contemporary photography present the layered realities of urban life today.

With contributions by Arjun Appadurai, Eve Blau, Svetlana Boym, Lindsay Bremner, Jana Cephas, Felipe Correa, Rahul Mehrotra, Mohsen Mostafavi, Antoine Picon, Gyan Prakash, Nasser Rabbat, Rafi Segal, Jorge Silvetti, AbdouMaliq Simone, and Charles Waldheim."