Detroit School Series: "Post Post-It" - Anya Sirota
To launch our Winter lecture series, Anya Sirota, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Taubman College, will discuss how Detroit shapes her architecture practice. Sirota serves as the principal architect at Akoaki, a Detroit-based art and architecture practice with an established reputation for original projects that materialize utopian ambitions in complex urban scenarios. In her teaching and practice, Sirota focuses on the relationship between architecture and contemporary cultural production, implementing community-based design practices and critically re-evaluating how architecture can sustain heritage and participate in public discourse. The lecture "Post Post-It" will be held Friday, January 27, from 4:15 to 6 pm in the Rackham West Conference Room (4th floor).
The Detroit School series seeks to stimulate an interdisciplinary conversation on how research on Detroit—a city often seen as an extreme outlier of decline—can produce knowledge that is original and relevant to urban studies globally. This year, we are considering two guiding questions: "What topics can’t we understand without grappling with Detroit?” and “What must we know in order to understand Detroit itself?” Please save the dates for the following Winter 2017 events.
MISSED OUR FALL EVENTS?
Last semester we hosted a panel discussion of distinguished faculty on what it means to teach Detroit, heard Marcus Hunter (UCLA) discuss his book Chocolate Cities, and enjoyed a discussion on the role of racialized mythology in Detroit's past, present, and future with Rebecca Kinney (Bowling Green State University). You can learn more about these events and hear recordings of the discussion on our website http://www.umich.edu/~detsch/.