Associate Professor and MUD Director María Arquero de Alarcón, Professor Martin Murray, and research collaborator Olaia Chivite Amigo, M.Arch ’18, are currently displaying their work at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (SBAU). Under the biennale theme “Collective Cities,” their project is part of the Cities exhibition.
Organizers of the City exhibition invited some 80 cities around the world to address the topics and issues that are most important to each of them. The work by Arquero de Alarcón, Murray, and Chivite Amigo is one of 15 projects featured in a category focused on post-industrial cities in the 21st century.
Sponsored by the Michigan Mellon Detroit Spaces of Hope, the project “Detroit: The Contested Urbanisms of Abandonment” focuses on three distinct Detroit neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, where more than half the homes have completely disappeared. Through a combination of ethnographic fieldwork and an examination of visual and written records, their project uncovers how ordinary residents have taken it upon themselves to reshape the environment in which they live and, in the process, to imprint their own vision for the future of their neighborhoods.
The 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism opened September 7 and runs until October 10. Learn more at 2019 SBAU.