Book Launch and Presentation


Tuesday 18 April 18.30 - 20.00
Erasmus University College, Library


During this presentation, Brian Doucet (Erasmus University College) will introduce the book and its main findings and insights. Joining us in Rotterdam:
Drew Philp, who purchased an abandoned house in Detroit for $500, renovated it and turned it into his home
Expodium, the Utrecht-based urban ‘do tank’ who organised an artists-in-residency program in Detroit.
 
Joining us via Skype from Detroit:
Josh Akers, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Jackie Victor, co-founder of Avalon International Breads
Malik Yakini, executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.


Detroit evening at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

23 October 2014


Thanks to everyone who participated in this event  in Amsterdam. With more than 130 people in attendance and a diverse group of speakers, the event challenged what we thought we knew about Detroit. Special thanks to the staff at Pakhuis de Zwijger for their hard work before and during the event!


Read Marleen van Dongen's excellent account of the event on the Gebiedsontwikkeling.nl website (in Dutch)

Detroit publications


Doucet, B (2017) Why Detroit Matters: Lessons and Visions. Town and Country Planning. March, pp. 97 – 105.


Doucet B and Philp D (2016) Detroit is meer dan ruïnes. Versbeton. 13 Februari.


Doucet B and Philp D (2016) In Detroit ‘ruin porn’ ignores the voices of those who still call the city home. The Guardian. 15 February


Doucet B and Smit E (2016) ‘Building an urban 'renaissance:' fragmented services and the production of inequality in Greater Downtown Detroit’Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. 31(4), 635-657


Doucet, B (2015) 'What Grace Lee Boggs taught my students' The Detroit Free Press. 8 October.


Doucet B (2015) Fallissement van Detroit: een speigel voor  Nederlands beleid. Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijk Ordening. 96(1) 38 - 41.


van Lieshout, R and Doucet, B (2015)  Muziek, Motown en The Motor City.Geografie. april.  15 - 19.


Doucet B (2015)Detroit's gentrification won't give poor citizens reliable public services. The Guardian. 17 February.


Doucet, B (2014)Review 'Driving Detroit: the quest for respect in the Motor City' by George Galster. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. ​105(3) 368-369


Doucet, B (2014)'What we really find when we compare Detroit to the north-east of England,'The Guardian. 15 May

Doucet, B (2013 ) ‘Four days in Detroit: a Dutch urban geography fieldtrip to the Motor City.’ Belgeo. 2013-2

Doucet, B (2014) The story of Detroit through ten buildings. Town and Country Planning. 83(1) 34 - 40.

Doucet, B (2013) Lessons from the Motor City Why Detroit matters for the 21st Century world.Practicing Planner. Winter 2013.

Doucet, B (2013)Detroit in tien gebouwen. Geografie. 22(9) November-December, 6 - 10.

Doucet, B (2013) Detroit's long structural decline. www.geographyjobs.com. 30 October.

Doucet, B (2013)‘Detroit: Droom of nachtmerrie,’ Agora. 2013-4, 20 – 24.

Doucet, B (2013)‘Seeing hope amongst Detroit’s ruins: Dutch urban geography students’ experiences in Detroit’ The Detroit News. 10 October.

Doucet, B (2013) ‘Bankroet zoals in Detroit is ook hier goed mogelijk’ NRC Handelsblad. 12/13 Augustus, 2013, pp. 19.



Past events and activities on Detroit

Brian Doucet

Urban Geographer

We are not Ghosts

Film screening


Monday 22 February 2016, 18.30

Erasmus University College, Lecture Hall A

Nieuwemarkt 1A, 3011 HP Rotterdam (tram, train, metro: Blaak)


Come join us for this inspiring film showing grassroots community efforts and another side to Detroit than only ruins and abandonment


This screening is part of the Rotterdam Urban Lecture series, organised by EUC


Detroit: new ideas and visions

Monday 18 May 2015, ACU, Utrecht (Voorstraat 71) 20.00-22.00

Film Screening: American Revolutionary: The evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

Talk: Rich Feldman

Click here for more info


Radio Interview. NPR Kennis van Nu, Radio 5

Thursday 4 June 2015

Detroit: Hoe je een stad beter niet opwaardeert