Professor Dewar’s work on decline as a paradigm for urban planning was utterly fascinating and creative. It was perhaps most striking that a term so closely associated with pessimism—to death—was recuperated to allow for creation and optimism. It is a theme we saw repeated in the various project we encountered, this transforming of space that […]
It is easy to talk about empty space in Detroit. The vacant lots that engulf modest houses, making them seem all the smaller. The abandoned industrial buildings, fragmented shells that hold the absence of the past. The streets and sidewalks, wide and silent, are abandoned stretches of nothing leading to nowhere.