DETROIT2: UNREAL ESTATE IN THE MOTOR CITY W/Andrew Herscher
Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)
Detroit: a city seemingly so deep in decline that, to some, it is scarcely recognizable as a city at all. But what if what has been lost in Detroit is not only population, jobs, investment and infrastructure, but also a capacity to understand novel urban conditions? What if Detroit has not only fallen apart, emptied out, disappeared and/or shrunk, but also transformed, becoming a new sort of urban formation that only appears depleted or voided through the lens of conventional urbanism? The Detroit Unreal Estate Agency is dedicated to exploring these and related propositions and, in so doing, the cultural, social and political possibilities that ensue from urban crisis.
ANDREW HERSCHER is co-founder of the Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, a platform for unsolicited and unsanctioned research on urban crisis. In contrast to the proposition of Detroit as a problem that needs to be solved, the Agency poses Detroit as a field of opportunity opening onto new ways of imagining, inhabiting and building the contemporary city.