INCA Library

The artist collected books from all around Detroit to tell a story, and make an impact on the accessibility and poverty in Detroit. The library was built using reclaimed wood taken from the abandoned buildings and lots through Reclaim Detroit [1].

This is an important tactical urbanism because it expresses how the city affects lives. It is an important commentary on  accessibility to information and education. These temporary, portable libraries were built in lots and buildings that had been emptied after the housing crisis, and moved around downtown Detroit in order to show what the cities citizens were unfortunately missing out on [1]. The library also features a pop-up book shop, to sell books at ridiculously cheap prices to allow greater accessibility.

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One sampling of the INCA Library [1]
The library includes books donated and collected from all over Detroit. One book that stood out to me was Poems from Prison. This is very important because of the mass incarceration problem we have in the US, and since it disproportionately affects people of color, and specifically black men, who is a large percentage of the Detroit population [2]. Since the opening of this art piece, there has been one opened in Seattle as well [2].


 

Works Cited

  1. “Library of INCA at the Institute for Neo Connotative Action.” Knight Foundation. N.p., 7 Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
  2. “Library” Institute for Neo Connotative Action. Web. 12 Feb 2016. http://www.incainstitute.org/library_INCA.html

List of Figures

  1. “Library of INCA at the Institute for Neo Connotative Action.” Knight Foundation. N.p., 7 Sept. 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
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