Edible Landscape &
Ambiguous Territory

Detroit’s bankruptcy has resulted in a series of problems such as disinvestment, unemployment, and population migration, which ultimately led to foreclosed and vacant properties. Brightmoor is one such community with a huge presence of vacant lots. Residents have been trying to recreate the lost economic and spatial value through an informal act called blotting. They expand into vacant neighboring territory and fence it off for private use. However, I would argue that this is not the ideal way as it only benefits private owners and creates isolation in the community.

The thesis proposes an alternative way to create values through material, spatial and tectonic intervention.

It aims to address the issues of food security and land vacancy in Brightmoor communities through architecture, agriculture and landscaping. The thesis challenges the territorial claim of the vacant land and tries to redefine what is public and private, by introducing organic DIY “megaliths” to the site to blur the physical and spatial boundaries between architecture, landscape, human and non-human entities. The project creates a new form of activity and space for the community, which gives new value and meaning for the community.
Faculty Advisor:
Jose Sanchez