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Alexa Färber
Kerstin Niemann 

Alexa Färber ist seit Oktober 2010 Professorin für Stadtanthropologie/-ethnographie im Studiengang Kultur der Metropole an der HafenCity Universität Hamburg. Vorher war sie Juniorprofessorin am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte liegen im Bereich Stadtanthropologie/Stadtethnologie, Islam im urbanen Raum und Repräsentationsarbeit

After a sound training in real estate management Kerstin Niemann (M.A.) studied Applied Cultural Sciences at Leuphana University in Lüneburg. She is research assistance in the department of Metropolitan Culture at HafenCity University Hamburg pursuing her PHD on Detroit. Interested in the influence of real estate and artisitc intervention on urban transformations she started a research residency called FILTER Detroit in 2010 ( www.filter-hamburg.de ).

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Tracking the Transformation of Detroit's Cultural Heritage. Interview with the Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara

The slow decay of urban architectures and infrastructures, derelict buildings, wasteland, urban wilderness, and scrapped homes in Detroit’s city center contributes to the common image of the deindustrialized city. Yet citizens have adapted to and survived this long-term process of depopulation and economic downfall over the last six decades. Derelict buildings and structures become landmarks, gradually approaching the status of historical monuments and points of orientation over time. A new building boom driven by investment in private developments has led to the (re)building of some downtown areas. This process of (re)invention, known as the New Renaissance, is giving way to yet another future for the city, which has been in a constant state of renewal since its Golden Age in the 1940s and 1950s. […]