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Rick Poynor: The Unspeakable Pleasure of Ruins: Observers Room: Design Observer
"there are many reasons to be fascinated by ruins. For me, this attraction is first of all about being in the place. (Photos of ruins function in the same way that all kinds of photos function: they fire the imagination and provoke a desire to see for yourself.) The idea that best explains my love of ruins is the quest for re-enchantment. The abandoned ruin is a special zone charged with an intensity and a potential for revelation that most ordinary, complete and comfortable places lack. The more corporate daily experience becomes, the more some sites of ruination can offer an interlude of release into a refuge that is not accessible to crowds (it may well be unsafe), not overseen by officialdom, and not commercialized. Some regard these fractured spaces as being loaded with radical and even utopian potential."
optimism  utopia  refuge  ofrordness  romainemeffre  yvesmarchand  unknownfieldsdivision  geoffdyer  rosemacaulay  walterbenjamin  georgsimmel  gustavedoré  christopherwoodward  ruinporn  urbanprairie  detroit  2012  rickpoynor  urbanism  cities  architecture  photography  ruins 
march 2012 by robertogreco
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone |
"Twenty-five years after the Soviet-era meltdown drove 60,000 people from their homes in the Ukraine, a rebirth is taking place inside the exclusion zone. With Geiger counter in hand, the author explores Europe's strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted postapocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge."
chernobyl  biology  nature  future  worldwithoutus  urbanprairie  urbandecay  2011  resilience 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Detroit: Urban Laboratory and the New American Frontier |
"troubles of Detroit are well-publicized...economy in free fall, people streaming for the exits, worst racial polarization & city-suburb divide in America, its government is feckless & corrupt, & its civic boosters, even ones that are extremely knowledgeable, refuse to acknowledge the depth of the problems, instead ginning up stats & anecdotes to prove all is not so bad. But as with Youngstown, one thing this massive failure has made possible is ability to come up with radical ideas for the city, & potentially to even implement some of them. Places like Flint & Youngstown might be attracting new ideas & moving forward, but it is big cities that inspire the big, audacious dreams. & that is Detroit. Its size, scale, & powerful brand image are attracting not just the region’s but the world’s attention. It may just be that some of the most important urban innovations in 21st century America end up coming not from Portland or New York, but places like Youngstown &, yes, Detroit."
detroit  cities  economics  food  urban  urbanism  farming  future  optimism  urbanprairie  gamechanging  housing  michigan  urbanplanning  geography  agriculture  innovation  architecture  change  futurism  environment  sustainability  urbanagriculture  planning  research  parks  reconstruction  glvo 
december 2009 by robertogreco
6 Involuntary Parks | Quiet Babylon
When he was still running the Viridian Movement, Bruce Sterling introduced the idea of involuntary parks. Spaces in the world that have become so polluted or otherwise unusable by humans, that they’ve been left to nature (or, at least, savagery).
korea  brucesterling  detroit  centralia  chernobyl  brittany  ecology  landscape  nature  urbanism  environment  bldgblog  parks  ruins  collapse  urbanprairie  urbanreclamation 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Detroit Wildlife on Vimeo
"Detroit Wildlife is a taster video to find a production in France. I shot it this summer 2008. Detroit was known to be the city of car industry, with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler : Motorcity, the city of the Big Three...
detroit  collapse  urbandecay  urbanprairie  documentary  film  wildlife  landscape  cities 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - Follow Up: Jane Cooper School
"Everywhere I bring that dog in Detroit, older black people approach me and say in a Southern drawl, "He's a birddog, huh?" We get to talking and it turns out that decades ago they moved up here from rural North Carolina or someplace like that. They tell me stories of hunting birds back there with tick-coated dogs like mine, and they tell of how they moved up to Detroit because of the promise of a good job with a good wage and then they inevitably tell me how many years they worked on the line before they were laid off. Sometimes they even have children who've moved to Charlotte or Atlanta for jobs. All we need to do is look around us to know where their story will end: someplace not so different from where it began, in a quasi-rural landscape of poverty and hopelessness, where birddogs trill at the stacatto of a pheasant's wings echoing off the ruins."
detroit  cycles  poverty  urbanprairie  decay  urbandecay 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Land+Living: Detroit. Demolition. Disneyland.
"The DDD Project targets the most visible abandoned homes, those visible to suburbanites who commute into Detroit and witness the burned out and forsaken neighborhoods. Two of the first nine houses painted by DDD have since been torn down by the City. There is something of the project that recalls Gordon Matta-Clark's (1, 2) "building cut" pieces; transforming deserted buildings with a simple gesture.
detroit  streetart  architecture  matta-clark  planning  urbanism  urban  nature  landscape  public  urbanprairie  cities  ruins  decay  art  activism  gordonmatta-clark 
august 2008 by robertogreco
In the Capital of the Car, Nature Stakes a Claim - New York Times
"After decades of blight, large swathes of Detroit are being reclaimed by nature. Roughly a third of this 139-square-mile city consists of weed-choked lots and dilapidated buildings. Satellite images show an urban core giving way to an urban prairie."
detroit  2003  urbanprairie  urbandecay  urban  nature  ecotopia  farming  agriculture 
august 2008 by robertogreco
City Farmers’ Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market - New York Times
"This urban agriculture movement has grown even more vigorously elsewhere. Hundreds of farmers are at work in Detroit, Milwaukee, Oakland and other areas that, like East New York, have low-income residents, high rates of obesity and diabetes, limited sources of fresh produce and available, undeveloped land."
green  gardening  food  urban  urbanprairie  detroit  nyc  milwaukee  oakland 
august 2008 by robertogreco
bootstrap analysis: urban prairie [more:]
"In place of the trees and homes are vacant lots with 3-foot-tall grass and weeds, which does indeed resemble a prairie. We found Indigo Buntings, Savannah Sparrows, Song Sparrows, and Eastern Kingbirds in these lots. This is an area known for its large population of Ring-necked Pheasants, which are common throughout vacant lots in the city -- more common than they are even in the outlying suburban and agricultural areas (they are kept in check mostly by feral dogs)."
urban  urbanprairie  detroit  birds  nature 
august 2008 by robertogreco
on Flickr - Photo Sharing! [see also:]
"This last summer was our first in the city, and here at the end of the growing season I can't even begin to express how wonderful it is to live within walking distance of Detroit's Eastern Market. We don't need a big-box grocery store, when for less than $50 we can buy a whole week's worth of fresh fruit and vegetables directly from the farmers, as well as organic artisanal bread directly from the bakery. It is harder to get pre-packaged processed foods when you rely on the market, but that's probably for the best. Some of the vegetables we buy were even grown in Detroit."
detroit  food  local  urban  ecotopia  urbanprairie 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - It will rise from the ashes [on the photos of the abandoned Detroit Public Schools Book Depository]
"Can decay be something more than sentimental? Can it ever be beautiful? Can it just be respected for what it is, and not further corrupted by our emotions? And what is it that draws us to ruination? Why do some of us find it so compelling?"
urbandecay  detroit  education  books  government  history  photography  urbanism  urban  urbanexploration  urbanprairie  decay  architecture  archaeology  dystopia  exploration  schools  publishing 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Everywhere Magazine: Article: Why We Bought a Vacation Home in Detroit - "A vacation home? In Detroit? Are we nuts? No, we're just getting in on the ground floor of the planet’s next great urban ecotopia."
"Rabbits, opossums, raccoons & occasional deer ramble through this urban landscape as though they owned it. We’ve gone canoeing along Detroit’s storied Rouge River canal...climbed abandoned 37-story building to get up-close view of peregrine falcon ne
detroit  urbanism  gentrification  cities  future  optimism  green  sustainability  urban  urbanprairie  collapse  rebirth  exploration  nature  landscape  ecotopia  urbanreclamation 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Kunstler on Peak Suburbia; Harpers Magazine on Detroit : TreeHugger
"serene conviction that we are at the end of the cycle -- and by that I mean the grand meta-cycle of the suburban project as a whole" "There is a wonderful article in the July issue of Harpers by Rebecca Solnit: Detroit Arcadia- Exploring the post-America
architecture  future  sustainability  cities  urban  farming  gardens  detroit  suburbs  suburbia  jameshowardkunstler  energy  cars  peakoil  oil  us  landscape  urbanprairie  agriculture 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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