House opera | opera house

Mitch McEwen, Marcelo López-Dinardi

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What value can architecture generate when there’s no longer market value? After the 2008 crisis had caused the prices of homes in Detroit to drop to unusual levels, this project transforms a vacant house into a cultural infrastructure for the community. Understood as an opera, the house not only becomes a piece in itself, but also an urban strategy for the reconsideration of what we usually understand as the drama of deterioration and blight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
Issue number91
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Conservation
  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


  • Blight
  • Demolition
  • Drama
  • Performance
  • Vacancy


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