2015 was the beginning of the H story, 2016 was the start of the adventure with our first study in the United States, and 2017 will be the year of the experience with our second and last investigation in Middle-East and Asia! That’s right Babe, we are working harder, better, faster and stronger to be back on the road in Spring 2017! More live shows, more news and just as much interviews, meetings and sharing reflections on the future of the 20 century heritage from the consumerists cities will be waiting for you.
Our recipe to succeed with your projects in 2017 : in a large bowl, sift together a lot of determination, a little bit of courage and a drop of dream and utopia. Take the time to mull over and when it’s done, it’s important to serve and share it with good friends. And never forget : What we do in life, echoes in eternity.
This is the first event in which The H Project is participating since we came back from the USA in August.
We had the chance to take part – after hearing about it totally randomly and at the last minute – to the 5th edition of the music and visual arts festival ECHO À VENIR. Which in 2016 was inviting the city of Detroit, obviously.
Each year at the same period, the event in Bordeaux is receiving DJs from the city invited to the festival. After having Bristol in 2015 and Los Angeles in 2014, this year was dedicated to Detroit from September 22 to 24.
In this musical excitement, The H Project was able the present the artistic face of its work through a video and a photographic report. The exhibition featured a series of 10 pictures at the entrance of the festival site. The compositions were here to reflect the double-sided types of situations existing nowadays in Detroit, mixing an old heritage and visionary actions. Capturing architecture and physical marks, working with various scales, the visitor would dive into a binary atmosphere between steadiness and chaos, persistence and mutation, past and future. This complexity – inducing people to take more time to see the two views in the photos – was making a statement about how Detroit also needs time to be understood and to reinvent its future.
Window With A View
The Big D
Graduate From Modernity
In addition to the photo exhibition, we edited a 10-minutes long video with clips we shot back in the D. Aiming to immerse people even more in the city’s atmosphere, the film was screened behind the DJs. After a first part showing some clichés people have of Detroit and the images of ruins and destruction we commonly see in medias, the video is linking a dynamic industrial past with a current urban stillness after the loss of half of the inhabitants. The 2nd part is telling how much we don’t know about the city until we visit it, what’s beautiful in its social bubbling and community involvement: a great architecture, sport events, community gardens, citizens initiatives, engaged firms, new small businesses, redeveloped factories, an esteemed University, a famous market and street art adorning facades.
It was a real delight to work with them and to be able to showcase in this beautiful place. We’re more than thankful to the Orphan’ Phantom team for trusting us!
We received the warmest welcome we never had today at Albert Kahn Associates office : books as gift, more than one hour interview with Alan Cobb president and CEO of the company, Donald Bauman senior architect and Paulette Bently marketing coordinator, along with a visit from the office, the archives and the famous Fisher building. No less! Now for sure, Albert Kahn work has no more secrets for us.
During this meeting we talked as much about historic preservation as the renewal of the company today, 120 years after its creation by Albert Kahn. We discussed about the massive destruction which spreads slowly through the city burning its past, about the material re-use, about the complex remediation of the industrial sites as well as the interest of international investors in the city of Detroit more than the American investors. So we ask ourself : why the americans ignore this city so much? Probably because Detroit is the brilliant symbol of a past that the futur America doesn’t want to see anymore or just doesn’t know enough.
After 1 month of urban exploration we begin to have many interviews scheduled. Last Friday we spent 2 hours with Eric Novack senior project manager for the Russell Industrial Center. In a relax atmosphare he discribed to us how the building evolved from an industrial structure to more than 1 million square feet of studio space and loft for more than 140 various artists, creative professionals and businesses. A grateful desire to promote the arts here in Detroit participating in the urban renewal effort.
Let’s discover the portrait of Natalie Kester, 4th year student in Cal Poly Pomona. Interested in conservancy, passionate about nature and country life style, she will convince you that architecture is not only about urbanization. A lot of optimism in this video that we are really glad to present to you.
The H Project just crossed the DETROIT city limits!
After two weeks of road trip through the USA, we wanted to share with you some news as we enter Michigan.
The H Project is about to start its second inspiring study. Always focused on the industry heritage, Motor City is perhaps the most emblematic research field we could study.
THANK YOU to follow and support us in this incredible experience! Lots of photos, videos, and articles coming up.
Flashback 3 weeks ago: here is our travel itinerary from Los Angeles to Detroit, from our first step to the second one. A journey to feel the distance: 3 824 miles, to discover and learn about the US: 11 states and 5 National or Monument Parks, but also a journey to take the time to say goodbye and to put this fabulous architectural and human experience behind us, which is probably easier said than done.