From April 14th – 28th, the “INSIDE LAFAYETTE PARK” exhibition and multi-event design celebration captured an audience of over 1000 design enthusiasts and community members. This rogueHAA collaborative event was co-curated by The University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (UDMSOA), Lawrence Technological University (LTU), and Wayne State University, and in conjunction with Preservation Detroit, The Detroit Area Art Deco Society, and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.
At the core of the event was an exhibition, comprised of three distinct components of content:
- PAST: “Black Bottom”, as authored and designed by rogueHAA, showcased the historical significance of the Black Bottom area prior to the Mies’ urban renewal project. You can download a copy of the Black Bottom display by clicking here.
- PRESENT: “The Settlement Shape” as authored by The school of architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. This traveling exhibition showcased the culmination of ten years of research and documentation on Detroit’s Lafayette Park. This exhibition utilized models, drawings and photographs to trace the history and theories of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s, Ludwig Hilbersheimer’s, and Alfred Caldwell’s visionary design. Having spent the last year touring some of the major universities in Europe, Kent State, and then Detroit, the exhibition will be displayed next at Chicago’s IIT campus.
- FUTURE: “Thanks For the View Mr Mies” as authored by Danielle Aubert, Lana Carver, and Natasha Chandani. This portion of the exhibition included content, photos, and ephemera resulting from their soon-to-be-published book looking inside the lives of the Lafayette Park residents. 30 Corine Vermeulen photographs were included in this portion of the exhibition.
In addition to the creation of the Black Bottom exhibition, rogueHAA was responsible for the exhibition layout and design. Continue reading