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Value + Ruin

September 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

How can abandoned buildings and vacant land recover value when traditional economic development tools fail? In Flint and in cities around the country, residents have turned the devluation of property into opportunities for new uses, values, and ways of living in the city.

Join a panel of architects and historians from Toronto, Buffalo, and Detroit to look at the creative transformation of space.

Architect Andrew Perkins will discuss his new book Dwelling on Waste, on his recovery of a vacant home in Buffalo, as well as his work with the Carriage Town Historic Neighborhood Association to transform an abandoned house into a cooperative arts center, using sustainable and salvaged materials.

Andrew Herscher, co-founder of Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, will discuss his new book How to Recuperate an Urban Crisis, about how the ready availability of urban space in Detroit has made possible new art practices, community and guerilla gardens, and temporary public spaces.

Etienne Turpin will present his research on labor movements in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, and consider how monuments in those cities neutralize their radical histories.

With sound and video projections by Detroit-based District VII.

Refreshments will be served by Stephen Arellano, a leading advocate of the urban farming movement.


September 14, 2012
7:00 pm