January 1, 2016
The Oakland Avenue Artist’s Coalition
will have concluded it’s first Foundation Sponsored
ArtPlace America partnership,
We are looking forward to sharing your experiences of working with the modcar team.
We will miss working with the Thing Things
That is a discussion to be held between you and the people at modcar.
However, the Oakland Avenue Artist’s Coalition has assumed responsibility of the space that served as it’s office.
The Oakland Avenue Art Corridor Welcome Center
And we’ve been working over a year to develop a truly inspired project partnership with Ghana Think Tank
and students of State University of New York, Buffalo Architecture and Design School.
“Ghana ThinkTank, Detroit
Our other domestic project evolved out of a commission by the US State Department to work as cultural ambassadors in Morocco. In Morocco we built a solar powered multi-media donkey cart in order to collect solutions to US problems from rural villagers and ad-hoc think tanks outside of Marrakech. One of the problems the think tanks were most interested in was the problem of US individualism and personal isolation, “many Americans don’t know or relate to their neighbors…” “It’s your architecture” they responded, “if you lived in housing like ours it would help solve the problem”.
They explained that by having a central courtyard with windows facing in and one common entrance, it created social environments where neighbors shared more and were more likely to trust each other. This approach stands in stark contrast to the single family house with yard and picket fence that is common throughout the U.S.
In addition to these two projects, we are currently developing work in Sweden, the Netherlands, Texas, and continuing to implement some of the long-standing Think Tank solutions, including the Call to Action featured below.”