"The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit," by Andrew Herscher
The Guide documents art and curatorial practices, community and guerilla gardens, urban farming and forestry, cultural platforms, living archives, evangelical missions, temporary public spaces, intentional communities, furtive monuments, outsider architecture, and other work made possible by the ready availability of urban space in Detroit. The Guide poses these spaces as Ÿ??unreal estateŸ?: urban territory that has slipped through the free-market economy and entered other regimes of value, other contexts of meaning, and other systems of use. The appropriation of this territory in Detroit, the Guide suggests, offers new perspectives on what a city is and can be, especially in a time of urban crisis.
This work will be of interest to readers in history, public art, architecture, urban planning, American studies, and anyone with a desire to see Detroit as much more than a textbook example of urban decline. As HerscherŸ??s Guide suggests, Detroit is a site for creation (either by choice or necessity) and change, not just shrinkage and decay. While the trope of Ÿ??ruin pornŸ? might represent Detroit as an empty landscape of infrastructure being reclaimed by nature, the city is active, alive, and far from abandoned.
Andrew Herscher is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of MichiganŸ??s Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning. He also co-founded the Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, an open-access platform for research on urban crisis using Detroit as a focal point.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches