Documentary - Michigan Central: A Visitor's Perspective
To re-think. To re-frame. To re-purpose. These were the kinds of verbs I was think of while making this piece. The following short film was made as a complement to my architectural thesis during graduate school in 2013. The focus of that study was Michigan Central Station, an abandoned train station in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan Central is one of the last remaining grand civic transportation buildings from the early 20th century and perhaps the only one to rival Grand Central Terminal and the now demolished Penn Station, both in New York City. In fact, the architects of Grand Central Terminal were also the designers of Michigan Central.
Too often in modern society, we see something old, or abandoned, or in a state of seeming dis-repair and immediately consider it to have no value. The goal of this film was to get people to see these abandoned relics from a different perspective, other than from those with money and power. These grassroots perspectives allow the purposes of abandoned but valuable buildings and structures, to be re-framed so that the cultural significance they hold can continue for future generations from across the globe to experience.