Here is my version of the rust-belt map of the US to help define the area for my thesis. (Based on a map by B. Jennings and other sources.)
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In the State of the Union address, President Obama talked to us about bringing manufacturing back to the United States and revitalizing post-industrial communities. Perhaps I will send my thesis to the White House when it is complete?!?
This article from the The Atlantic Cities discusses a new book by Catherine Tumbler which proposes that smaller industrial cities “could be instrumental in moving us toward an economically dynamic, low-carbon future.”
Many of the United States’ once booming industrial communities have been devastated by the migration of manufacturing out of the Northeast and Midwest. The cities of the US rust belt—spanning from Central New York State, through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois—are heading down the path to a bleak future. This thesis will focus on a case study of one such rust belt city, Utica, NY as a way to examine the unique past, present and future problems and opportunities of these communities. The concept of wicked problems will be used as a conceptual framework for the study and the research will take a holistic approach to framing issues and designing solutions. This study will use participatory design methods as a way of collecting data and employ scenario planning tools to craft alternative future scenarios. These scenarios will be the foundation for discovering design opportunities for the Utica area. The results of the study will include media-based narratives of alternative futures and recommendations and a timeline for implementation of design solutions.
Rust-belt Community: A heavily industrialized area containing older factories, particularly those that are marginally profitable or that have been closed.