Currently, six members face more than four years imprisonment each along with a fine of up to $30,000 that will be used to demolish and destroy all of the effort that the group put into rebuilding the village over the last five years.
The Packard Plant’s south water tower stands above the crumbling complex in November 2010, only a few months before it, too, was brought down by scrappers. (Photo: Brian Kaufman, Detroit Free Press)
“Many of these buildings abut residential neighborhoods in some of the city’s most disadvantaged areas,” the report says. “Without a strategic approach to repurposing these properties, they will remain fallow for years to come, posing threats to public health and safety, and undermining Detroit’s recovery.”
According to a statement, the architects explained that the project was meant to be an example of “essential architecture,” “highlighting what is indispensable and removing what is not necessary. The project seeks for a harmonic relationship between the new and the old.”
Through a series of short essays and 169 eerily sublime photographs, Lam transports the reader to a variety of modern wastelands across the continents, from the crumbling Rust Belt cities of the United States to Europe and the emerging industrial ruins of East Asia.
After having his heart broken while attending Tulane University, Frank Relle turned to his neighborhood of the Garden District in New Orleans to stroll and clear his head at night. Four years after graduating college, he once again turned to his hometown for comfort during hard times and decided to begin photographing the homes and scenes that he was turing to by creating long exposure nighttime photographs.
‘Circulus’ is a Latin word defined in English as ‘a social gathering or circle company surrounding an area of interest’ We are Circulus and our interest is entertainment. We want to create and deliver a brand new take on circus arts; drawing on the cutting edge of modern technology, endeavouring to give our audience a unique, visceral, live performance experience.
We are interested in performing in found and forgotten spaces in London, where we are based and around the world. Transforming a space, leaving it exactly as we found it. Coming and going, a finite entity.Our interest does not lie in personal gain, we will always be socially beneficial. Providing the magic of the touring show to areas that have been neglected, areas that may be bereft of the arts.
The Discovery Channel is an animal I do not recognize anymore. I understand that sensationalism sells.
Based on the trailer for the new show Salvage City, it will be sensational. Not realistic, not educational, not safe – possibly not substantive in any way to the benefits of building material reuse. Salvage City looks sexy though. Everyone is good looking and hip, including the dog Hecktor.
At 20 years old it the country’s oldest and most knowledgeable organization on salvage, deconstruction, and building material reuse. The professionals and members that make up the BMRA are dedicated to transforming waste into jobs, creating beneficial economic and environmental opportunities, and closing the loop in this broken system.
Become a member of the Building Material Reuse Association – then sit back and watch Salvage City, with the satisfaction that you are the one actually changing the world for the better.
The Discovery Channel is premiering a new show based on Coffey’s adventures scavenging through St. Louis’ abandoned buildings called “Salvage City,” airing three back-to-back episodes at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 22.
“Like skin transplantations they can be taken to other spaces where they get a new spatial meaning. They take us to a world in which places are no longer fixed to specific locations, but become nomadic or ‘liquid.’ When the skins are drawn out of their original context and are brought to a new one, their character changes. The impact on for example an abandoned office building is remarkable.”
Cleveland has just unveiled the world’s first BioCellar, a sustainable agriculture project that’s a smart mix of urban design, architecture, and biology. Built upon the masonry foundation of an abandoned house, the passive greenhouse is a stunning example of how an urban renewal project can bring fresh produce and life to a food desert in a blighted neighborhood.
WebUrbanist has the eye-candy today. Go see the entire article.
Perhaps abandoned mansions, castles and chateaus are so fascinating because it’s difficult for many of us to understand how something that cost so much money could be allowed to decay. Someone went through the trouble of designing the home, choosing decorative elements and purchasing fine fixtures, only for them to be ruined far before they should have.
WebUrbanist has a fantastic article on Abandoned Breweries – not to mention the superb photos. Don’t miss it!
With the bulk of its machinery sold and shipped to China by latter-day owners Pabst Blue Ribbon, the brewery building located near 33rd Street and Avenue E passed into private ownership. This development has stymied several attempts by Galveston city authorities to raze and redevelop the brewery complex; bad for the city but a blessing for urban explorers! Speaking of which, let’s all give a shout out to Lens Adventurer, whose striking images grace this capsule commentary on Falstaff’s grungy Galveston outpost.
The Candyland Trespass Safari was a recent unauthorized exploration of the abandoned Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn. Fifty participants were secretly deposited into the complex and then unleashed on a four hour photo scavenger hunt. The event was organized by N.D. Austin and Ida Benedetto of Wanderlust Projects.
About six months ago, Mark Siwak decided to save Detroit.
He didn’t have millions of dollars to pump into the crumbling metropolis; what he had was a unique idea. “I thought, What do we have around here? A lot of abandoned buildings, blight, neighborhoods that are completely devastated,” says the 40-year-old financial manager, who works in Detroit and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. “I have a little interest in the zombie genre…. I thought, What can you do creatively with this land that doesn’t require a massive capital investment? What can you do that embraces what we have here?”
The answer: Z World Detroit, a project to transform the city’s blight through the curative power of flesh-eating zombies.
Siwak and his friends want to build a theme park in an abandoned neighborhood and throw open the doors to international zombie-survivalist fans. Siwak thinks people will pay good money to get chased around in the dead of night by a pack of undead droolers. In perhaps the weirdest revitalization scheme yet, he says the park’s popularity would help attract new businesses like hotels to the struggling city.
“People just want to live for a day in a zombie apocalypse,” Siwak explains. “This is the best and worst camping trip of your life.”
I recently talked with this visionary capitalist to suss out the bloody details of Z World. At only $2,788 raised toward his $145,000 realization goal, the zombie destination is struggling for a shot at the big time. But Siwak sounded optimistic that people will soon be racing to Detroit to get faux-killed. Here’s what he had to say, slightly edited for clarity:
You must really like zombies.
You know, I watch The Walking Dead, I’ve read the World War Z book…. I like the whole concept of there’s a “horde.” What really got me into zombies was World War Z. It has larger, broader social ramifications: What would really happen if there was a zombie apocalypse?
If historic castles had been built using modern methods, this is what they would look like – assuming they were abandoned half way through construction, that is. The now-defunct castle building project began in 1999 as an effort to build a luxury hotel near Almere in the Netherlands.
But the project, reportedly designed by architect Renaud Storm van Leeuwen and set to use stone from historic buildings in Hungary, ultimately failed and came to a halt in 2002. Abandoned for a decade, the building has now become a modern ruin and failure to find a new investor means it’ll probably remain so. In its unfinished state, the gloomy structure has the look of an abandoned industrial complex rather than its intended appearance.
Detroit is arguably one of the most fascinating modern cities in the world. This is thanks to the city’s unique balance between its former identity as a manufacturing mecca and its current state of sectional abandonment and iterative renewal. It is neither deserted nor wholly occupied, but exists in tension between destruction, creation and everyday living, with beautiful stories on all of these fronts. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre saw the abandoned parts of this compelling urban landscape as no less fascinating than the ruins of ancient civilizations and set out to document it in their 2010 book The Ruins of Detroit.
Despite the empty neighborhoods, abandoned buildings and crumbling structures – or perhaps because of them – Detroit still possesses a kind of indomitable magic. The city exists in a state of flux, balancing somewhere between its former glory, its current semi-abandoned status, and pockets of fresh new life and creative directions springing up from the ashes.
The city, so rich with history both industrial and individual, was once the fourth largest in the United States. It housed some of the country’s brightest engineers and most promising entrepreneurs. The city grew and its residents continued to expand their living areas into planned suburbs.
But the automobile industry which had such a large part of the city’s early days also proved to play a part in its undoing. White middle-class residents used those automobiles to move out of the inner city and into their new suburbs. Segregation increased steadily until the violent race riot in 1967.