Today starts my week long adventure in my home town of Buffalo through the lens of my thesis on adaptive reuse of abandoned industrial buildings in shrinking cities. Case study: grain elevators in Buffalo. This morning I met with Jim Watkins, the Silo City Site Manager who is a wealth of knowledge of the happenings and history of these concrete giants. I interviewed him outside his house beside his super-chill giant dog, feeling totally dwarfed by the silos rising around us. He gave me a tour of the site and led me through the three buildings that Rick Smith of Rigidized Metals owns and then gave me free range to explore. Also on the site today was a graffiti class for inner-city youth: using the silos as their canvas, remnants of a wedding that happened there, and the beginnings of the design studio with +FARM with whom I was able to talk.
I have lots more meetings, tours and interviews scheduled and will even get to check out a wedding happening at Silo City on Saturday.
I'll be here grinning all week, smelling Cheerios from General Mills.
Meanwhile, here are some photos from today: