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.



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.