Agile: Deploying Pre-Fab for the Flexible City

Fall 2016 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Chad Miller (Architecture) The flexible city accommodates a choreography of material and people flows, comings and goings, arrival and departure. Detroit is selected as a city to study the potential of a new mode of adaptable living. In recent decades, the city has witnessed the inherent vulnerability of an advanced capitalist economy and its catastrophic effect on building stock and industries built with an underlying assumption of permanence. Hundreds of buildings are left abandoned, from the gargantuan megastructure to the single-family home. What if Detroit moved forward with radically different assumptions about settlement, assumptions of impermanence and agility? What if architecture was an agent in this process? This grant proposal will fund travel to Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI to document selected buildings through drawing and photography.