rogueHAA is pleased to announce the next event in its 2011-2012 PROVOCATIONS series: "URBAN FUTURES" panel discussion and the collaborative exhibition, "INSIDE LAFAYETTE PARK".
1. INSIDE LAFAYETTE PARK exhibition
April 14 22nd | Lafayette Park Retail (1565 East Lafayette) | See poster for hours
Entitled, "INSIDE LAFAYETTE PARK", this multi-event design celebration will occur between April 14-22nd and is co-curated by The University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (UDMSOA), Lawrence Technological University (LTU), and Wayne State University, and in conjunction with rogueHAA, Preservation Detroit, The Art Deco Society, Lafayette Foods, and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. At the core of the event is an exhibition, comprised of varying design content:
"The Settlement Shape" as authored by The school of architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. This traveling exhibition showcases the culmination of ten years of research and documentation on Detroit's Lafayette Park. This exhibition utilizes models, drawings and photographs to trace the history and theories of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's, Ludwig Hilbersheimer's, and Alfred Caldwell's visionary design. Having spent the last year touring some of the major universities in Europe, this exhibition is now making its debut in Detroit.
"Thanks For the View Mr Mies" as authored by Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, and Natasha Chandani. This portion of the exhibition includes photographs of Lafayette Park residents by Corine Vermeulen and Vasco Roma, as well as reproductions of neighborhood newsletters and event invitations from the past 50 years, courtesy Cordelia Brown. The book 'Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies' is forthcoming from Metropolis Books this Fall.
"Black Bottom" as authored by rogueHAA and showcases the historical significance of the Black Bottom area prior to the Mies' urban renewal project.
We are enhancing the exhibition with a diverse array of events, including but not limited to the following:
April 14th 6-9pm: Opening Reception and opening remarks
April 20th: FLOWER CABIN dance performance video screening
April 21st 6-9pm: rogueHAA panel discussion URBAN FUTURES and closing reception
April 22nd: Society of Architectural Historians tour through Lafayette Park and through the exhibit
2. URBAN FUTURES panel discussion
April 21 | Lafayette Park Retail (1565 East Lafayette) | 6 pm 9pm
URBAN FUTURES will explore the role of large scale urban visions, and consequent realities, in post-industrial cities. The legacy of Modernist urban renewal projects is largely a story of failed aspiration, economic rationalization and displaced populations. Yet despite the controversy surrounding its implementation, Detroit's Lafayette Park development has achieved many of the goals of Modernist planning and urban renewal, creating arguably one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in the city. Does this speak to the unique conditions of Detroit? Does Detroit offer similar opportunities for avant- garde planning and large scale urban interventions today? What successes and sacrifices accompany the Modernist social agenda, and are there lessons to be learned as we seek to engage in equitable and sustainable redevelopment here and in other post-industrial cities? URBAN FUTURES brings together six distinguished professionals to expound upon these difficult questions:
Danielle Aubert WSU Professor of Graphic Design
Robert Fishman U of M Professor of Urban Planning
Kevin Harrington Professor of architectural History, IIT
Michelle S. Johnson Historian/Civil Rights Consultant
Hilanius Phillips - Former head city planner, Detroit
Brent D Ryan - Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy, MIT
Jamie Witherspoon - Moderator, rogueHAA