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.

 

BUREAU OF EMERGENT URBANITY

Detroit, Michigan, 2014-2015

 

Project Leads: Anya Sirota, Jean Louis Farges

 

Community Partners: Halima Cassells, Bryce Detroit

 

Design Team: Matthew Story, Annelise Heeringa

 

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

 

 

This project was made possible through a grant from ArtPlace America. Additional support provided by the University of Michigan and Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning.