After launching the ONE Mile project, our collaborative team looked to create a space for public engagement, experimental programming, and planning in Detroit's North End. We converted the former Okay Barber Shop into the Bureau of Emergent Urbanity. The small converted storefront with barber chairs and mirrors in tact, kept its doors open for 18 months, hosting dozens of public events: conversations, exhibits, pop up shops, and experimental happenings. In the process, we gathered stories about the creative and cultural life of the neighborhood. The space was made available to neighbors free of charge for cultural programming or community meetings. In November 2015, the Bureau was purchased by a developer, and the project was evicted.

 

BUREAU OF EMERGENT URBANITY, 2014-2015

Detroit, Michigan

 

Principals:

Anya Sirota

Jean Louis Farges

 

In collaboration with:

Bryce Detroit, Halima Cassells

 

Project team:

Matthew Story

Annelise Heeringa

 

With assistance from:

Eric Howard, Karen Harris, Eiji Jimbo, Rachel Mulder, Missy Ablin, Allen Gillers

 

Thanks and support:

Knight Arts Foundation, ArtPlace America, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning