Book launch: The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit

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Rather than seeing Detroit as an urban problem that needs to be solved, Andrew Herscher suggests that we regard Detroit as a “novel urban formation” and a site “where new ways of imagining, inhabiting, and constructing the contemporary city are being invented, tested and advanced.” Herscher is a writer and theorist whose work considers architectural and urban forms of political violence; his research has focused on locations as seemingly disparate as the former Yugoslavia and, more recently, Detroit. He teaches at the University of Michigan where he is cross-appointed between the School of Architecture, and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Between 2005-09 he chaired the Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights. For more information about Herscher’s book, please visit the website.

A discussion between Herscher, Grant Yocom (lecturer in philosophy at Oakland University) and Justin Langlois (director of Broken City Lab) will take place on critical responses to urban crisis in this region and others.

The launch takes place Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Broken City Lab’s Civic Space (411 Pelissier St. in Windsor, Ontario).




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