Rural cities across America
Urban decay and abandonment
3. Forrest City
4. Van Buren
5. New Iberia
4. Poplar Bluff
4. The Dalles
5. Green River
Grafik Archistruct interprets various states of abandonment and vacancy occurring in rural towns across America in order to bring more awareness to urban decay.
With a focus on structural abandonment and vacancy, Grafik Archistruct fosters a deeper awareness for built environmental urban decay. How can we become more conscious and aware of our surroundings? How can we create more discourse and dialogue in American abandonment and vacancy? How can we spark conversations with our community and take action to revitalize underused, abandoned and forgotten buildings?
Using Google Street View to discover identify and document, Grafik Archistruct focuses on spreading awareness through social media, virtual and physical exhibitions.
Within each identified rural town, case study buildings are carefully selected based on their notable history and location, in contrast to their current state of abandonment. Each case study building includes a written narrative that accompanies dynamic dimensional imagery. These written narratives share detailed information about the city, building, past tenants, uses and historical documentation.
Although the abandoned buildings across our country are forgotten now due to changes in consumer behavior supporting local businesses, shifting of American economics and decreasing population in smaller towns, there is still potential life and uses left. How can we become more conscious and aware of our surroundings? How can we create more discourse and dialogue in American abandonment and vacancy? How can we spark conversations with our community and take action to revitalize underused, abandoned and forgotten buildings?
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