We spent our last three days in Detroit, May 27th, 28th and 29th, without working: we decided to have fun and enjoy the city for the last time! So we’ve been at a techno music festival in Downtown, the Movement, and we spent some time with our friends and our housemates.
The Movement Electronic Music Festival is an annual electronic dance music event held in Detroit each Memorial Day weekend since 2006. The first electronic music festival held in Detroit was in 2000, produced by Carol Marvin and her organization Pop Culture Media. Taking place in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, it was a landmark event that brought visitors from all over the world to celebrate Techno music in the city of its birth. The event was one of the first electronic music festivals in the United States! Year after year the event grew up and now is one of the most popular techno festival in the world. And during these days in all the city there are after parties and side events related to the Movement and techno music in general. At the Movement we attended only one day, the first, but it was a great experience anyway; maybe we can return next year!
One other great experience that we had in these day was the visit at the Fisher Body Plant 21, an abandoned factory located on the southeast corner of Piquette and St. Antoine. It was designed in 1921 by Albert Kahn for Fisher Body, who manufactured Buick and Cadillac bodies in the plant until 1925. The plant is six stories tall, with a footprint of 200 feet (61 m) by 581 feet (177 m) and an interior area of 536,000 square feet. During the Great Depression, Mr Fisher suspended the production and the building was used as a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. The plant was used as an engineering design facility from 1930–1956 and during World War II, the factory produced differents kind of bullets, ammunitions and some assemblies for B-25 Mitchell bombers. After 1956, the plant was used to build Cadillac limousine bodies but in 1984 General Motors closed the plant. After GM left, several paint companies used the building; it closed definitively in 1994. In 1999, as a result of unpaid property taxes, the building became the property of the City of Detroit.
Thanks to a german friend (Tim) we discovered the way to get to the top of the building and so we decided to go there to see the sunset over the city. It was a great experience and we took a lot of photos! We were curious to see the city from so high up and, once on the top of the water container the view was amazing: you can understand the structure of the city and see all the vacand lots and empty spaces.
A perfect way to conclude our stay in Detroit. Thank you Tim!
Now that we’re at the end of our stay we can take stock of the work done so far: we are very pleased about our research and of how it took place here. In particular we are very happy about the interest that our project generated in almost everyone that we met and about the help that some of them gave us during this period. People here are very available and so, also if we didn’t have the support of a local University during these months, we’ve managed to obtain good results and, in general, we collected interesting datas and informations. Now we can return at home, in Italy, with something on which we can work and on the basis of which we can start writing phisically our master thesis.