Posted in CITIES, HISTORIC LANDSCAPES, LAM ONLINE, MEMORIAL, PRESERVATION, STREETS, tagged 1967 Detroit Riots, Design Workshop, Detroit, Detroit Future City, Gensler, GoodyClancy, Hood Design Studio, housing, LivingLAB, Maurice Cox, Neighborhoods, Northwest Detroit/Grand River, Rail Corridor, RFP, Rosa Parks/Clairmont, SmithGroupJJR, Southwest Detroit/Vernor Corridor, Vacancy on December 22, 2016 |
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BY ZACH MORTICE
The abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Image courtesy of Zach Mortice.
In a city beset by a nearly incomparable foreclosure crisis and 20 square miles of vacant land, there’s been a growing understanding that landscape architecture and Detroit are perfect for each other. But in 2017, the city will unveil a handful of new proposals on how the discipline can grow back healthy urbanism in the Motor City.
Detroit announced early this month that, after an RFP process, it is awarding a total of $1.6 million across four project teams to plan landscape and streetscape improvements including green stormwater management and infrastructure upgrades. Each team will focus on a group of neighborhoods, (more…)
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Posted in ART, CITIES, LAM ONLINE, TRANSPORTATION, tagged Amtrak, graffiti, Katharina Grosse, Mural Arts, Philadelphia, psychylustro, Rail Corridor, street art, Train on October 24, 2016 |
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As part of Philadelphia’s celebrated Mural Arts program, the German artist Katharina Grosse was invited to paint an episodic series of painted landscapes and buildings along the busy Northeast Corridor rail lines. The resulting composition, called psychylustro, splashes warm clouds of neon graffiti on decaying buildings and hardscrabble landscapes, implicitly calling attention to the conditions and context for this kind of postindustrial decay, even as viewers zoom by in an Amtrak train. “It’s about an astonishing encounter with painting,” Grosse says.
Editor’s note: This post originally referred to the site as a “disused” rail corridor. It has been updated to reflect that it is located along the very active Northeast Corridor.
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