Brightmoor, Detroit is a 4 square mile neighborhood that makes headlines as an example of both narratives that swirl around the city—that of its rebirth and of its housing crisis. Brightmoor has the highest number of blighted houses per square mile out of any city neighborhood, and so it has been targeted by Mayor Duggan for his (at times, shady) demolition plans. At the same time, community organizers within the neighborhood have joined together to create urban farms, and neighborhood beautification projects. These conflicting narratives set the stage for this interactive installation project that seeks to challenge the narratives themselves and explore the grey areas between them. Like a town hall, you must step up and speak the home addresses as you see them fade away over the years. You have the ability to save them by speaking up, and being a part of the conversation. Nothing is black and white.

Using the Detroit Open Data Portal and cross-referencing the Loveland database of foreclosed houses, this installation uses the most current data to plot each house address that has been demolished in Brightmoor. Using the microphone as an input, human speech can reverse the damage done to the homes, and stop the neighborhood from collapsing.

This project was created in collaboration with Hunter Thackham. The interactive site can be visited here (be advised, this project uses a significant amount of processing power).

Tools Used HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript, JSON, Annyang Speech Recognition
Completed October 2017
Rethinking the Narrative | Brightmoor