|Big Box Reuse
Julia Christensen ’05
The MIT Press, 2008
When a big box store upsizes, it leaves behind a changed landscape that can't be changed back. In Big Box Reuse, the author shows how 10 communities have addressed this problem, turning vacated Wal-Marts and Kmarts into something else: church, library, school, medical center, courthouse, recreation center, museum, and other civic-minded structures. The book’s first-person accounts and color photographs reveal the hidden stories behind the transformation of these facades into gateways of community life.
Julia Christensen, MFA ’05 (see Rensselaer magazine, Summer 2005), is an artist whose work has been featured in publications, and shown in galleries and museums nationwide. She is Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor of the Emerging Arts at Oberlin College and Conservatory.