Detroit is not simply a collection of roads and buildings and people, however many or few, but rather it is an ecology of interdependent and often competing desires. It's story is the story of the building of the modern world, and its fall is the beginning of that world's end.
In a city defined by erasure and unbuilding, the role of architecture is unclear. It can provide the language to describe the structure of the city and the pieces that remain - it can suggest possible futures, but cannot realize them alone. Just one of the constellation of forces that have conspired to build the city on the straits, architecture and the city building have become useful tools for those seeking to reconstitute Detroit for their own ends, with often uneven results.
This thesis seeks to reconcile the city, not to remake it. It is not an intervention.
Robert Jan Van Pelt, University of Waterloo
Dr. William Woodworth
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Tuesday May 19, 2015
Architecture Room 1001 (Lawrence Cummings Lecture Theatre)
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4