Datum: student journal of architecture

Article Title

Labor Chapel


The revealing of the labor situation in Detroit plays a vital role in explaining its past and future state. Detroit is a wasteland of industry and the memories of the laborers that once occupied those spaces. The materials of those buildings have become ruined, and although they are inhabitable they tell the story of Milwaukee Junction and Detroit as a whole. The construction and demolition process is engaged in labor. We propose that the material of Detroit (the memories of the labors that once occurred) be collected and archived. This database of material can inspire a community and begin to reveal the culture of the city.

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