These photographs consider the form and evolution of a great city from the vantage of one its most easily overlooked structures. The self-park garage, for all its modesty, evokes by both contrast and resemblance the native geometry of Chicago—the sweep of the prairie, the horizontal thrust of Prairie School architecture, and the proportions of Chicago’s early steel-frame buildings. At the same time, it serves a particular vision of the city's future. The series grew out of my urban landscape work in Japan, where I became interested in how automobiles inhabit and transform our city spaces. For a fuller statement on this series see feature in Places Journal.
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