The Open House: A Model For A Future Suburbia

I watched Inside Job by Charles Ferguson a few days ago. This compelling documentary does not only expose the economic crisis shocking truths but reminds us about the impact on ‘ordinary’ people in the US and abroad. America is plagued by unemployment rises and record foreclosures with the suburbs particularly hit. The Open House, a project…

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How The Car Drained Detroit

The decline of Detroit is often explained by the fall of the Fordist economy in the city after the global shift to Post-Fordism. In this theory the disappearance of mainly the car industry is directly connected to the vacancy problems that Detroit is facing nowadays. Indeed, during the last decades the fall of the automobile…

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Sub/City People

The following is inspired by the book ‘The Mole People’. For the ignorant amongst you; The Mole People is a book by Jennifer Toth that came out in 1993 and shocked its readers by suggesting that up to five thousand people were living in the subways of New York, even down to seven stories below…

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Foreclosures Become Nature

In case you haven’t heard of the ReBurbia design competition yet, you should definitely check the list of its finalists to grab your portion of instant inspiration. Supported by Inhabitat and Dwell, the competition is dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs. Important contemporary issues such as the climate problem, shrink of household size and the economic meltdown affect the future of suburban areas, especially in…

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