[ENC097] Carnival Urbanism

Revellers from Grande Rio samba school participate during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome


The Company: Carnival Urbanism for Shrinking Cities


THE COMPANY is a framework of urban intervention that seeks to stabilize shrinking neighborhoods through a large number of small-scale, temporary occupations of vacated buildings. Its process of quickly phasing in architecture and program over time, through testing and experimentation, is preferable to the slow, top-down planning of large-scale, more permanent initiatives. Its identity is that of spectacle and pleasure. Its architects are designers, developers, planners, sponsors, eventholders and actors.

The historic neighborhood of Brush Park in Detroit, Michigan is the first testing ground for THE COMPANY’s interventions. Its forty-four abandoned buildings will be adapted from post-industrial leftovers into catalytic nodes of community interaction. Their successes and failures will inform future COMPANY decisions about architectural form, program, site, business and pleasure.


Brandon Peterson, advised by Julia Czerniak and Jonathan Massey.

Syracuse University

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