Civic Friche

Ann Arbor Michigan

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A paradoxical coupling of terms – the institutional with the abandoned – Civic Friche refers to the tactical appropriation of marginal sites for public function. Distinct from traditional strategies of reuse, Civic Friche describes a new approach tourbanism through civic initiative, temporary and interim uses, and public participation.

Civic Friche is an ongoing research project funded by the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. Each spring students travel to explore the most important examples of this phenomenon in conversation with the architects, landscape architects, urban installation artists and politicians involved in the design and implementation of Civic Friche strategies.

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  1. Taubman College