Erased Domesticity:

an abandoned house in Detroit

Authors

  • Lorella Di Cintio Ryerson University
  • Jonsara Ruth Parsons The New School for Design

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37113/ideaj.v0i0.79

Keywords:

Post industrial, Erased, Domesticity, Interior

Abstract

An abandoned house in post-industrial, post-riot Detroit had been stripped of all its useable parts.The walls were cracking and peeling and nature was taking over. Erasure of domesticity was settling in, yet the unconscious house breathed lives lived through its painted surfaces and its broken utilities.

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Author Biographies

Lorella Di Cintio, Ryerson University

Professor Lorella Di Cintio has been educated in Canada, United States, and Europe in the fields of Interior Design, Architecture, and Philosophy. Her research focuses primarily on design activism and social responsibility and is the founder of The Design Change = Exchange Initiative. She teaches in the School of Interior Design and is affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Food Security and EDGE lab at Ryerson University. Since 1997, Di Cintio and Ruth' s collaborative work addresses notions of dormancy, anonymity of makers and interior landscapes.Their work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections in US and Canada. http://www.thedetroithouse.com/, http://lorelladicintio.blog.ryerson.ca/

Jonsara Ruth, Parsons The New School for Design

Jonsara Ruth is a designer, artist, educator and founding director of the MFA Interior Design program at Parsons The New School for Design: a progressive graduate program initiated to explore expansive and speculative approaches to Interior Design practices. Concurrently Jonsara initiated Salty Labs: a collaborative design studio experimenting with furniture design and manufacturing, public interiors and installations. Her work originates from sustainable thinking and experiential design approaches. Since 1997, Di Cintio and Ruth's collaborative work addresses notions of dormancy, anonymity of makers and interior landscapes.Their work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections in US and Canada. http://www.thedetroithouse.com/ http://saltylabs.us/

Published

2013-07-04

How to Cite

Di Cintio, Lorella, and Jonsara Ruth. 2013. “Erased Domesticity:: An Abandoned House in Detroit”. Idea Journal 13 (1):44-59. https://doi.org/10.37113/ideaj.v0i0.79.

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Visual Essay