Buick City parking lot, 2010.Photos: Wes Janz, except when notedCross-posted from Places [at] Design Observer, an online journal of architecture, landscape and urbanism, published in partnership with Design Observer. "Distressed are big chunks of Detroit, Flint, Gary, Chicago, East St. Louis, and Cincinnati." This is what I wrote after completing the weeklong Midwess Distress Tour with my Ball State colleague Olon Dotson and a dozen architecture students in October 2006. "Depressed. Dysfunctioned. Disoriented. Devolved. Dissed. Dissing. How many abandoned buildings should I photograph and take others to photograph before we get the picture? How many houses do you have to see …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Wes Janz is a professor of architecture at Ball State University, and the founder of onesmallproject.
This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off
Look who’s squealing now: GMO lovers freak over new study of sick pigs
Look out, ladies: Biking can damage your vagina
Awesome bike parking system sucks your ride into the depths of the earth
Scientists have found “God’s bathtub,” a lake totally untouched by climate change