Insight into Detroit’s historic Black Bottom and Lafayette Park neighborhoods

Inside Lafayette Park, a multi-event design celebration, focuses on the area’s modern architecture by renowned architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe as well as the historic predominantly black neighborhood called Black Bottom due to the  rich soil found there which preceded Lafayette Park.

Inside Lafayette Park runs from  April 14 through April 22 at Lafayette Park Retail, 1565 East Lafayette, Detroit and is presented by the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (UDMSOA), Lawrence Technological University (LTU), and Wayne State University in conjunction with RogueHAA, Preservation Detroit, The Art Deco Society, Lafayette Foods, and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

The exhibit is comprised of:

The Settlement Shape by Milan Polytechnic’s School of Architecture is a  traveling exhibition showcasing the culmination of ten years of research and documentation on Detroit’s Lafayette Park. It features models, drawings and photographs which trace the history and theories behind the visionary design of  Ludwig  Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilbersheimer, and Alfred Caldwell.  After making the rounds at major universities in Europe this past year, The Settlement Shape  makes its  Detroit debut.

Thanks For the View, Mr. Mies is an exhibition created by Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar, and Natasha Chandani featuring photographs of Lafayette Park taken by residents Corine Vermeulen and Vasco Roma as well as reproductions of neighborhood newsletters and event invitations from the past 50 years provided courtesy of Cordelia Brown. A book titled  Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies will be released this fall by  Metropolis Books.
Black Bottom, authored by RogueHAA,  showcases the historical significance of this area once known as  Black Bottom prior to the Mies’ urban renewal project. RogueHAA is a design, architecture and urban advocacy collaboration.

The following events accompany the exhibition:

•April 14th 6-9pm: Opening Reception and opening remarks
•April 20th: FLOWER CABIN dance performance video screening
•April 21st 6-9pm: rogueHAA panel discussion – URBAN FUTURES – and closing reception
•April 22nd: Society of Architectural Historians tour through Lafayette Park and through the exhibit

Inside Lafayette Park is one of several collaborative events organized by RogueHAA as part of their 2011-2012 PROVOCATIONS series: URBAN FUTURES.

Thank you to Melissa Dittmer of RogueHAA for the press release and flyers.


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