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Activists: Detroit is so much more than a blank slate

May 27, 2016

Detroit is getting some love in Venice.

The Venice Architecture Biennale is a really big deal in the architecture world, and the designs presented by this year's American exhibitors are all about the Motor City. 

We spoke with the exhibit's co-curators late last year.

This could be an exciting opportunity for growth and investment in Detroit.

But some, like Bryce Detroit with activist group Detroit Resists, feel that by focusing so intensely on the future, we risk forgetting important parts of the city's past:

Detroit Resists is using a smart phone app to turn the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale into an augmented reality experience. Basically, visitors can view the exhibit through their phone's camera to reveal phrases and images digitally projected onto the physical exhibit, including slogans such as "respect existence or expect resistance."

You can find more information about the app here.

Bryce Detroit and fellow Detroit Resists member Andrew Herscher joined us on Stateside today to talk about how their vision for the city differs from that presented at the Venice Biennale.

Listen to what they had to say in our full interview below.