In September 2014, we reported on the S.S. Columbia Project, an initiative to bring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamship to New York. While it served its previous life in Detroit as one of the Boblo Boats, it will get new life reinvigorating the Hudson Valley‘s connection with its river and will serve as a floating mobile museum and cultural space along the Hudson River. Over the last year, the S.S. Columbia moved from Detroit to Toledo, where it wintered and had its hull repaired with 3,791 square feet of new steel welded below the waterline. On September 2nd, 2015 it arrived in New York State and will be docked at Silo City on the Buffalo River for the upcoming winter, before more rehabilitation is done to the boat next year.
A new video shares beautiful footage inside the S.S. Columbia and tells an oral history of the ship’s role in Detroit’s cultural memory.
American photographer Johnny Joo hails from Ohio and has published a book, Empty Spaces, on America’s abandoned places. At just 24 years old, he began photographing abandoned spaces at just 16 years old. Fubiz recently shared his photographs of the abandoned J.N. Adams Memorial Hospital for tuberculosis patients in Perrysburg, New York off Lake Erie, south of Buffalo. What’s interesting about these photos, in addition to the abandoned nature which makes them visually fascinating, is how the architecture reflects so many of the medical beliefs of the time period.
Image Source: Regional Plan Association’s Second Regional Plan
With public consciousness of cities at an all-time high, planning and design projects have been commanding the imaginations of urbanities in ways unforeseen. On the positive end, more governing bodies and planning agencies are placing higher value on public awareness, information dissemination, and “ground-up” development. There’s certainly a long way to go, even in cities like New York City, but below are 10 of some of the more innovative and impactful projects going on across the United States right now. Though some have captured the imagination and support of masses while others hang in limbo, all will affect the lives of many in their wake.
Buffalo, New York is typically known for only a handful of things: being a casualty of the decline of the American steel industry, chicken wings, an embarrassing football team. But recently Buffalo has begun to receive recognition of a new sort-respect for its art scene. Quietly, over decades, Buffalo has become home to a strong community of hard-working and talented artists. For the last several years American Style Magazine has ranked the Queen City among the top mid-sized cities in the nation to visit to see and experience art. But one does not necessarily have to visit one of Buffalo’s many independent galleries or one of its respected museums to see great art. All you need to to do is wander down the street.