Will Roberts: The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s Christmas Lights in Detroit


Will Roberts, a MArts student in our department whose dissertation I’ve been supervising this year, has written a post for the Manchester Met Lighting Research blog. While his research was on urban farming in Detroit, he found an interesting use for the farms during the winter:

On a winter’s day, this site lies dormant; only the infrastructural components of farming activity are noticeable, propped up against the high-rises of Midtown that are clearly visible against the sparsely-housed neighbourhood in the foreground. However, by night this space is illuminated; used in an innovative way to not only reassure the neighbourhood that they are not forgotten about during the off-season, but also to raise awareness and gain the attention of passers-by to the communal activity of urban agriculture. The incandescence of the Christmas lights is juxtaposed against the formidable dark of the night-time that continues to stalk increasingly large numbers of neighbourhoods throughout the city, as a ‘responsible reduction’ of street light usage becomes endemic to the cityscape.

 

The full blog is at: http://www.lightresearch.mmu.ac.uk/the-michigan-urban-farming-initiatives-christmas-lights-in-detroit

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