Ideas City Detroit
Location: Detroit, MI, USA
Program: Monuments / Public Amenities
Site Area: Vacant Houses
Client: City of Detroit
For Ideas City Detroit - a symposium hosted by the NY based New Museum - we proposed a non-affirmative monument series of 3 ‘houses’, where themes of belonging and removal can be reflected, as well as the immaterial social culture of street life and neighborhood value.
(Past) Skeleton House - is an outline of a lost home from an all black neighborhood that was raised for suburban urban-planning in the 1960’s, the monument also acts as a playground.
(Present) Concrete-mâché House - encasing a dangerously-open burned house with concrete-fabric and a timeline of articles on its sounding board surface.
(Future) Mountain House - In response to greenifying the city, this monument saves one house from a slated-for-removal neighborhood, bringing it onto a mountain pedestal of remembrance and becoming an observation deck.