moving (to) the suburbs

After Detroit’s incredibly booming population in the 1930s, the city started to shrink three decades later with street rioters and decadence of the automobile industry. Nowadays, its downtown struggles to reinvent itself and activate a vast no-man’s landscape, as eerie as apocalyptic.

The Mobile Homestead is last Mike Kelley’s public art/private architecture piece. As a consequence of such demographic trends, he grew up in a workers’ peaceful suburb of Detroit and now is building a replica of his family house in downtown. On Saturday, it will travel from there to its original location, as many Detroit citizens have done in last decades to avoid decadent and dilapidated city centre. A symbol, which visualizes an urban diaspora by means of its standard built forms.

Thought as an urban catalyst to bring some life to Detroit, the house itself is part of a long-term project, as it will function as a community space.

[Source&Image> Mike Kelley’s mobile homestead via artangel & domusweb]

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