Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Boxed Out

A few years ago, the Shelby County School system was looking to convert an empty Schnucks into a temporary elementary school.

In researching that story, I stumbled on a project by Ohio artist Julia Christensen in which she looked at how communities around the country had re-used former big-box retail spaces, turning them into schools, churches, and rec. centers.

Her investigation has now resulted in a new book: Big Box Reuse.

From the website:

"Christensen crisscrossed America identifying these projects, then photographed, videotaped, and interviewed the people involved. The first-person accounts and color photographs of Big Box Reuse reveal the hidden stories behind the transformation of these facades into gateways of community life. Whether a big box store becomes a 'Senior Resource Center' or a museum devoted to Spam (the kind that comes in a can), each renovation displays a community’s resourcefulness and creativity — but also raises questions about how big box buildings affect the lives of communities."

1 comment:

Stacey Greenberg said...

can i borrow your copy? ;)