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The Forgetting Machine: Notes Toward a History of Detroit

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JERRY HERRON

The Forgetting Machine: Notes Toward a History of Detroit

"What does it add up to, all this abandonment of lives and buildings, neighborhoods and property? It doesn’t seem to add up to anything... This city is never coming back; whatever happens next will be without precedent because the context of city no longer applies in this place where history has finally run out." Here Jerry Herron reflects on Detroit, tracking the excesses of ruin porn, the decline of Hudson's, and the hopefulness of a retrofitted carpark in a gutted theater.
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WILL HOLMAN

Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Design

Will Holman has studied and worked at Arcosanti, Rural Studio and YouthBuild. He describes the experiences as hard to quantify. "I’ve dug septic lines, chain-sawed tornado debris, shoveled gravel... I’ve code-checked drawings, drafted into the night, surveyed sites. But the real results are intangible — relationships, experiences, memories, lessons learned." Yet Holman thinks the profession has paid little attention to how architects might "put together a career in social design."
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DAVE JORDANO & AARON ROTHMAN

Detroit Re-Photography

In the early 1970s photographer Dave Jordano documented a series of buildings and places in his native Detroit; in 2010 he returned to the same spots. The result is the Detroit Rephotography Survey, selections of which we are pleased to present here. As our photo editor Aaron Rothman notes, Jordano's then-and-now images "implicate us in the changes they depict," and work as a kind of antidote to the cool aestheticism of ruin porn.
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MICHAEL P. BRANCH

The Hills Are Alive

How do you solve a problem like Maria? Environmental writer Michael Branch describes a day hike in the Great Basin near his Nevada home, where his young daughters reenact the opening scene of The Sound of Music. Along the way he reflects not only on the difference between the brown hills of the arid West and the green Alpine meadows of the famous movie (which he despises) but also on how deeply the "stylized, controlled and color-corrected representations" of nature in photography and film have "conditioned our landscape aesthetics."
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Campus Design as Critical Practice

How to turn a lackluster midwestern campus into an international cultural destination. 
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