Writing

Akoaki & “Detroit Cultivator” @ Detroit Free Press

While the narrative about Detroit’s comeback and big plans for development often seem to revolve around a few corporation-owned-and-operated corridors, a design duo called Akoaki, comprised of wife-and-husband architecture team Anya Sirota and Jean Louis Farges, has been quietly at work for the past four years in close conjunction with community members and cultural partners in Detroit’s […]

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Detroit Cultivator @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — Design duo Akoaki, comprised of the wife and husband architecture team Anya Sirota and Jean Louis Farges, has worked closely with community members and cultural partners in Detroit’s North End neighborhood for roughly the past four years. “We met people in the neighborhood, and we started listening to stories,” said Sirota, in an […]

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2017 Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne @ Knight Arts blog

When Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) began the lengthy and involved process of applying for UNESCO City of Design status on behalf of Detroit—a goal that was successfully achieved at the end of 2015—they did so knowing it would help centralize the role that design plays in shaping cities, and the lives of their citizens. […]

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Notes from the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne @ Metro Times

As a kind of sister city based on our shared heritage of an industrial manufacturing boom followed by economic decline, the city of Saint-Étienne, France, extended the invitation to Detroit to be a featured presenter in this year’s Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne. Saint-Étienne is one of 22 international locations recognized as an UNESCO City of […]

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