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Book Launch: The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit, by Associate Professor of Architecture, Andrew Herscher

December 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

What if Detroit has not only fallen apart, emptied out, disappeared and/or shrunk, but has also transformed, becoming a novel urban formation that offers potentials as well as challenges? In recent years, this proposition has sponsored a growing number of responses, from small-scale ephemeral interventions to longer-term place-based activism, all availing themselves of Detroit’s vast repository of devalued, abandoned or vacant urban property. Posing these diverse responses as aspects of a condition rather than solutions to a problem, The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit tells a new story of the city in a time of conjoined precarity and possibility—a story of urban decline yielding conditions favorable for urban experimentation, invention and, perhaps, change.

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December 6, 2012
8:00 pm