Electricity of Detroit
Assumed that “The Infrastructure” is the power unit of the American city, the “sine-qua-non” condition, as one of the former leading city shrinks to a pre-urban state, the Project aims at maintaining the city's main structure as a framework for a spatial reorganization of the urban fabric.
We intend to reveal the hidden meanings of the infrastructure and to find new uses for it, by focusing our efforts on the service spaces, the left-overs, the scraps that the engineering work necessarily demands.
Everything that sits inside the block will be shaped by uncontrollable, already on-going, processes (the return of “The Wild” somewhere, the birth of artificial
worlds somewhere else). The Project’s ambition is to show the natural evolution of a system creating urbanity trough pure connection, a system which carefully avoids congestion and supports the development of unpredictable spaces, an open field of possibilities for bottom-up practices, DIY initiative and makers movements. If the actual demographic decline keeps going, the next Detroit will be a smaller, but not less broad, city, with a new relation with nature, no more opposed to its network but mingled with it.
Detroit will be a city anyway if it maintains its back-bone in which the real urban life takes place: a Perimeter of Urbanity will garrison a wild territory and the Infrastructure will turn into the object of the city itself instead of a mere service.
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