Inspired by the flexibility of uses for houses in Detroit, in proximity to the major cultural institutions for opera and diverse forms of performance, this A(n) Office / McEwen Studio project stages an opera as a house, the house and its dramas of occupancy and vacancy, demolition, and re-purposing, as an opera.
The more serious and dry implications at the urban planning level include: how can residential vacancy be converted into an opportunity to support local cultural assets? What are the zoning, planning and building code changes that make this possible?
The project aims to address these questions, while developing a suite of spatial and architectural tactics to facilitate this exploration of performance, community, and form. The experimental aspects architecturally include strategies of interactivity, portability, and expanded territories of adaptive re-use. This project began in the research phase with the USA House Project.