FILTER DETROIT focuses on the structural and cultural/sociological transformations of urban space in and around their immediate neighbourhood in Detroit, Michigan. Together with local institutions, initiatives and invited guests, its initiator, Kerstin Niemann, is exploring and developing:
- A living archive of investigations and knowledge concerning urban, social as well as cultural movements from Detroit.
- A communal place of sharing and gathering knowledge.
- A house in progress - a place where social artistic practice and interdisciplinary research activities meet.
FILTER DETROIT is a partner and therefore part of a bigger series of projects, initiatives and collaboration that was brought into life by Design 99, the idea of the Powerhouse and their Neighborhood Project. See also www.visitdesign99.com
What: Research Field Trip Bauhaus University Weimar
Time: 20th of June 2010 till the 1st of July 2010
Title: Detroit as a paradigm for urban change: Moran Street Community as Example.
FILTER DETROIT is an initiative that focuses on the structural and cultural transformations in the urban landscape engaging the local in Detroit. Within the framework of this research field trip, Urban Heritage PHD students of the Bauhaus University in Weimar are invited for a research based field trip. FILTER DETROIT asked the PHD students to explore the immediate vicinity of Moran Street, which is one of the areas with specific urban transformation in Detroit, using their own research skills and practices. To apply, test and exchange their ideas and aspects FILTER DETROIT asks them to collaborate with graphic design students from the summer school of the College for Creative Design in Detroit (CCS). The PHD students are asked to think about and develop future strategies for urban development and community design for the Moran Street community that has survived drastic socio economic changes in the last decades. Together with the students from CSS they will contribute visually and theoretically to the living archive of FILTER DETROIT.
The research field trip is realized in close collaboration with Dörte Dennemann, Curator marke.6, gallery of Bauhaus-University at Neues Museum and Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt, Professor for urban studies and social research, PHD- Programme Urban Heritage, Bauhaus University Weimar as well as with our Detroit partners: Susan La Porte, Professor, Graphic Design Department, College for Creative Studies and Doug Kisor, Chair, Graphic Design Department, College for Creative Studies
What: Bauhaus Summer School
Time: 22nd till the 27th of August
Next City - Detroit as a paradigm for urban transformation
Moran Street Community as Example.
We invite all those who are interested in participating in a theoretical or practical project on the structural transformation of Detroit and the future potential of the city at a four-day seminar this summer school.
As a follow up of the research visit and and also as a further dwelling into insights, aspects and theories around urban developments we will introduce, models and discuss the potentials and possibilities with invited practitioners and theoreticians.
Please visit: www.uni-weimar.de/summerschool
Filter Detroit premises, photos: Kerstin Niemann