Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures

Edited by Julia Czerniak

Formerly Urban

Formerly Urban: Projecting Rustbelt Futures advances speculation about remaking cities in America’s Rust Belt while underscoring the centrality of design an innovation in their revitalization.The essays collected here-by leading architects, landscape architects, planners, economists , experts in affordable housing- present the idea that the best work in the challenged context of the Rust Belt arise from the intersection of design, policy, and finance. The authors believe that despite economic, demographic, and physical decline, these shrinking cities are not necessarily dying. On the contrary, by utilizing new strategies to activate civic life rather than depending on outmoded models of growth based on the industrial past, formerly urban cities can pave the way to a brighter urban future.