M O D C a R

M O D C a R The Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation DESIGN//JEAN LOUIS FARGES Jean Louis Farges is a Detroit-based designer and co-founder of a series of parallel practices including: Akoaki, the Metropolitan Observatory of Digital Culture and Representation, and the Detroit Afrikan Music Institute.
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His work is dedicated to finding new sites for architecture in political and material economies through experiments in preservation, image, and narrative. His designs have appeared in exhibitions internationally, and published most recently in Frame, Monu, Future Anterior, and Architecture Magazine, among others. Currently he is consulting on a number of large-scale urban initiatives in Detroit, including a cultural center and a self-sustained urban farm. DESIGN//ANYA SIROTA Anya Sirota is an interdisciplinary designer, educator, and consultant. She creates scenographies, architectural installations and experimental environments. As principal of Akoaki, and co-founder of the Detroit-based research and urban intervention platform, the Metropolitan Observatory of Digital Culture and Representation, Anya works on projects that use cultural production to create impact on public space and perception. The work, ranging from pop up film festivals to illicit galleries on industrial rooftops to Afrofuturist neighborhood stage props, has received recognition in the United States and abroad. She holds a degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and teaches architecture at the University of Michigan. Past and current collaborations. Mireille Roddier, Halima Casssells, Bryce Detroit, Matthew Story, Annelise Heeringa, Tom Bray, Eric Howard, Jerry Hebron, Erika Lindsay, Allen Gillers, Missy Ablin, James Chesnut, Christopher Reznich, Anais Farges, Jayna Zweiman, Tony Pins, Brittany Gacsy, Marty Keeter, Lauren Bebry, Devin Mudd, Alvina Renfrow, Andrea Daniel, Andrew Kremers, Billy Hebron, Carl ‘Butch’ Small, Carleton Golz, Caroline Petersen, Christophe Ponceau, Danielle Weitzman, Eiji Jimbo, Eric Harmon, Ian Donaldson, Jaffer Kolb, James Folden, Jason Lindy, Jennifer Kee, Joe Johnson, Kalia Keith, Kathryn Carethers, Kirk Donaldson, Kristen Collins, Makeeba Ellington, N’neka Jackson, Omar Bruce, Peter Halquist, Piper Carter, Rachel Mulder, Rosie O'brien, Ryan Mason, Ryan Moritz, San Street Catering, Shae King, Stephen Galiatto, Young-Tack Oh, Su Ya

Mission: The Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation (MODCaR) is a platform created to promote contemporary architecture and design in service of vibrant, civic environments. We build multidisciplinary collaborations between people who share a passion for public space and a belief in its social, collective and conceptual value. In parallel, we study how interventions in the public realm impact the production of a new urban imaginary.

Broadcasting cultural heritage..
03/16/2016
ONE MILE

Broadcasting cultural heritage..

Now! ONE Mile team live from SXSW Eco

03/14/2016
ONE MILE

building generative cultural infrastructure.
#damidetroit #swsx #detroitafrikan #detroit #swsx2016

Thank you Efe Bes for sharing some brilliant sounds today.

bad boy intro to critical thinking care of Detroit Resists: "The Detroit 101 lecture series will provide students at Pri...
02/27/2016
Detroit 102

bad boy intro to critical thinking care of Detroit Resists: "The Detroit 101 lecture series will provide students at Princeton University’s School of Architecture with a focused introduction to the urban restructuring of Detroit by and for the creative class, albeit in the guise of uncovering “the real story” of the city. As such, Detroit 101 also serves as product placement for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, dedicated to the theme of Detroit’s “Architectural Imagination.” The curriculum of Detroit 102 will extend Detroit 101 by providing students with tools to critically unpack the neoliberal politics of contemporary urbanism in Detroit, as well as to locate the race- and class-based exclusions that are invisible or disavowed in creative class narratives of urban change." #thearchitecturalimagination #biennalearchitettura2016 #logjournal

A response to Detroit 101: Download this poster as a pdf here: Detroit 102

#journal_2 : Detroiter's Spatial Imagination
02/25/2016
detroiters - urbanNext

#journal_2 : Detroiter's Spatial Imagination

urbanNext’s main goal is to generate a global network to produce content focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu – urbanity that is conditioned by the specificities of the information society, sustainable awareness, globalized knowledge and leisure. urbanNext is desi…

MODCaR's 2012 artist fellow Marie Combes will soon release a limited edition photographic essay of images from Detroit. ...
02/25/2016

MODCaR's 2012 artist fellow Marie Combes will soon release a limited edition photographic essay of images from Detroit. See you at Librairie Volume

exposition Marie Combes
du 3 au 23 mars 2016
Fugitives / Detroit. One step, and then another.
Faire un pas, puis un autre.

vernissage jeudi 3 mars à partir de 19h30
VOLUME librairie

VOLUME
47, rue Notre Dame de Nazareth,
75003 Paris
du mardi au samedi de 11h00 à 20h00
from tuesday to saturday
from 11.00(am) to 8.00(pm)

téléphone : +33 (0)1 85 08 02 86
[email protected]evolume.fr

métro: République, Temple,
Arts et Metiers, Strasbourg St Denis

#thearchitecturalimagination #biennalearchitettura2016 #logjournal
02/21/2016
Failed Architecture

#thearchitecturalimagination #biennalearchitettura2016 #logjournal

"We fear, however, that the U.S. Pavilion, precisely as an attempt to advocate “the power of architecture,” is structurally unable to engage this catastrophe and will thereby collaborate in the ongoing destruction of the city."

Model D
02/09/2016
Model D

Model D

"Detroit City of Design cannot simply be a moniker or a logo," write Detroit Creative Corridor Center's Olga Stella and Ellie Schneider. "It must be an attitude backed up by collective action." That's why they want to hear from you.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Flint Public Art Project invites artists and designers in all media to send letters of interest, CVs, ...
02/04/2016

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Flint Public Art Project invites artists and designers in all media to send letters of interest, CVs, and portfolios to [email protected] by February 15th for the coming year of spectacular and socially engaged projects in public space. Our 2016 programs include the fourth annual Neighborhood Art Parade series, Planning Actions at strategic sites, the Free City public art festival, exhibitions and events at Spencer’s Center for Art and Architecture, and projects at the Stone Street Coop & Residency.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Flint Public Art Project invites artists and designers in all media to send letters of interest, CVs, and portfolios to [email protected] by February 15th for the coming year of spectacular and socially engaged projects in public space. Our 2016 programs include the fourth annual Neighborhood Art Parade series, Planning Actions at strategic sites, the Free City public art festival, exhibitions and events at Spencer’s Center for Art and Architecture, and projects at the Stone Street Coop & Residency.

FPAP’s mission

● Activate vacant and underused spaces

● Connect people and places

● Amplify the local community

● Transform the image and identity of Flint

Geolocation of Tourism in Detroit...
01/27/2016
Map: Geotaggers' Atlas of Detroit

Geolocation of Tourism in Detroit...

Eric Fischer has done it again. He became well known for this city map series on racial dot density, which has become widely used after his project in 2000. He has now released the "Geotaggers' Wor...

01/22/2016
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Efe Bes Artist in residence Detroit Afrikan Music Institution #detroit #detroitafrikan

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01/17/2016
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The Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation (MODCaR) is a platform created to promote contemporary architecture and design in service of vibrant, civic environments. We build multidisciplinary collaborations between people who share a passion for public space and a belief in…

Delighted to be included in the Knight Foundation 's Knight Cities Challenge 2016 finalist line up. Congratulations to a...
01/12/2016

Delighted to be included in the Knight Foundation 's Knight Cities Challenge 2016 finalist line up. Congratulations to all the amazing participants! Catch the complete list of projects and ideas at: http://kng.ht/1ZiiAPK

ONE MILE
09/23/2015

ONE MILE

This Friday September 25th, join ONE MILE for another interstellar music broadcast from Detroit's historic North End!

Beaming live and direct from "theMothership", we'll be blasting-off with BRYCE DETROIT and Detroit Afrikan Music Institution as they curate a night of futuristic design, music, and dance; welcome to "The Apex of Funk"!

Starting at 630p in "the Garage" (aka home of theMothership), we kick-off with an Allstar jam, that takes us a multidimensional journey lead by top Detroit funk, hip hop and electronica wizards:

- D.J. Los
- Onyx Oshanti
- Gabe Gonzilla
- Edward Tony Green
- Duminie Deporres

Starting at 9p- for the first time in nearly a decade, Oakland Avenue's historic Apex Bar, home of blues/funk icon John Lee Hooker, will open it's doors for live music with an out-of-this-world DANCE PARTY powered by Detroit rhythm Kings:

- Jay Daniel
- Carl "Butch" Small
- Pirahnahead
- #EfeBes

Inspired costumes by cult accessory designer Nneka Jackson
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this a Detroit Design Festival 2015 "Independent Happening".

Congratulations ONE Mile!
08/18/2015
2015 Place by Design Finalists

Congratulations ONE Mile!

The Place by Design Finalists envision public space as something greater than a backdrop for human activity. These projects push everyday places to become an integral part of a community and a force for social, economic and environmental change.

NYT's Melena Ryzik piece on art, resilience, urbanism, philanthropy in Detroit -- featuring conversations with Olayami D...
07/16/2015
For Detroit Artists, Almost Anything Goes

NYT's Melena Ryzik piece on art, resilience, urbanism, philanthropy in Detroit -- featuring conversations with Olayami Dabls, Katy Locker, Marcus White and others.

The arts scene is bursting with life and an openness to new ideas. Some say the Renaissance is near.

This Thursday... Harmonie Park, Detroit.
06/30/2015

This Thursday... Harmonie Park, Detroit.

04/29/2015
The ONE Mile project launches a design and culture magazine in Detroit’s North End

Knight Foundation blog #northend

This month the ONE Mile project launched its much-anticipated magazine, an image-rich publication featuring the best in art, design, music and culture from Detroit’s epic North End neighborhood. The event took place in an unmarked garage on Oakland Avenue, where local residents, bikers, fashionistas…

The ONE MILE project is pre-selling the first volume!
04/22/2015
ONE MILE Magazine Volume 1, Spring 2015

The ONE MILE project is pre-selling the first volume!

ONE MILE is an image-rich publication featuring the best in art, design, music and culture from Detroit’s epic North End neighborhood. The magazine, in support of ONE Mile’s broader project, includes interviews, essays, and photography focusing on the neighborhood’s inspiring residents and cultural…

DDF 2015 is now accepting applications for its Design Village, Independent Happenings, and Architectural Installations.
04/16/2015
Apply - Detroit Design Festival 2015

DDF 2015 is now accepting applications for its Design Village, Independent Happenings, and Architectural Installations.

Apply to participate in the 2015 Detroit Design Festival today.

Today at UMMA ONE MILE to present at the "Political Space of Media" Panel
04/11/2015
Michigan/Mellon Symposium on the Egalitarian Metropolis | Taubman College of Architecture &...

Today at UMMA ONE MILE to present at the "Political Space of Media" Panel

Events ⊗ Michigan/Mellon Symposium on the Egalitarian Metropolis Date: April 11, 2015 - 8:30am – 6:00pmAddress: 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Building: UMMA Room: Helmut Stern AuditoriumEvent type: Symposium fb tw in em Share Michigan/Mellon Symposium on the Egalitarian Metropolis Clic…

ONE MILE
04/09/2015

ONE MILE

Sneak preview... ONE Mile Zine inaugural issue launch at the Garage this Saturday, 5PM. See you there!

7615 Oakland Avenue Detroit

04/01/2015
Future Sound of Mzansi - Documentary Trailer

Future Sound of Mzansi - Documentary Trailer

Future Sounds of Mzansi is a documentary which aims to explore, express, and interrogate South Africa's cultural landscape, 20 years into it's democracy,. A ...

City of Detroit, Michigan: Save the Park Avenue and Eddystone Hotels
03/31/2015
City of Detroit, Michigan: Save the Park Avenue and Eddystone Hotels

City of Detroit, Michigan: Save the Park Avenue and Eddystone Hotels

The Park Avenue and Eddystone Hotels are all that remain of a vibrant mid-1920s nightlife district north of downtown Detroit. Together, these two high-rises contribute authentic urban character to the lower Cass Corridor. Redeveloping them would also have a positive economic impact in a neighborhood…

Detroit Design Festival
03/30/2015

Detroit Design Festival

Sydney G. James, former DDF participant, hand paints Frida Khalo's face on t-shirts. Grab one just in time for the Diego Riviera and Frida Khalo exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

What would Lou do? March 27-29 | Detroit Performs
03/28/2015
What would Lou do? March 27-29 | Detroit Performs

What would Lou do? March 27-29 | Detroit Performs

What would Lou do? March 27-29 By paperlesslion on March 27, 2015 Art & Design, Culture, Detroit Inspires, Feature, Film, Get Involved, Jazz, Louis Casinelli, Music, News, Painting, Radio, Sculpture, Spotlight, Theatre, Who We Are, Words, World Detroit Performs’ Louis Casinelli gives us a heads-up o…

Frichez nous la paix
03/26/2015

Frichez nous la paix

LA FRICHE , LA FIN , LA FETE !

Aprés 13 années de turbulences diverses et prolifiques ,
La galerie Frichez et nous la Paix, urbaine avant l'heure ,
va etre broyèe par les pelleteuses municipales, pour laisser place a du mixte social tendance verre-béton .

Nous fêtons dignement la fin, dans 1 débauche de bons sentiments , et de postures disciplinées
Samedi 28 Mars, de l'aprés midi a l' aube ...
Music live peu-t-etre, expression libre sur le mur d'en face on peut deborder, apéro, souvenir, solde ...

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ONE MILE
03/18/2015

ONE MILE

Jaffer Kolb is busy at the bureau preparing his upcoming show "Home Economics". We got a sneak preview of some of the artifacts... and they're amazing. We hope you'll join us this Sunday. 5PM. 8326 Oakland Ave.

Bureau of Emergent Urbanity Opening. September 2014. Photo by Piper M. Carter
03/14/2015

Bureau of Emergent Urbanity Opening. September 2014. Photo by Piper M. Carter

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