Innovative Big Box Reuse

An expert documents how communities are reusing 'reclaimed abandoned, architecturally uninspiring megastores' in innovative ways.
May 13, 2005, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Next week, Julia Christensen will begin a cross-country drive to places no other tourist would care to notice. In her 1999 Subaru Forester, Ms. Christensen, a 28-year-old artist, will trawl the American landscape in search of big-box superstores that are now used as churches, schools, racetracks and, in one case, a museum dedicated to Spam, the canned meat.

Ms. Christensen, who has made the field of big-box reuse her academic and artistic specialty, has already logged some 20,000 miles during two previous trips over the past two years in pursuit of former Wal-Marts, Winn-Dixies and Kmarts. Along the way, she has become an expert in the ingenious and innovative ways that communities have reclaimed abandoned, architecturally uninspiring megastores."

Thanks to J. Donan

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Published on Thursday, May 12, 2005 in The New York Times
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