She can feel like an all-chef/no-cook kitchen, but Ann Arbor wears her heart on her sleeve: you never have to guess what she’s thinking. She speaks her mind and she takes her passions seriously. As a town founded in the wilderness, named after its hallmark greenery, Ann Arbor has a long tradition of dedicated service to the environment. Its recycling program is one of the most progressive in the country, its public transport is anchored on sustainable fuels, and it’s even home to a unique community festival celebrating the pursuit of net-zero-resource use in homes and communities. The Ecology Center, then, is arguably one of Ann Arbor’s most central institutions.
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In the dual interests of strengthening my professional writing and refining my critical analysis skills, I write about the current, past, and projected built environment of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The town is home to the University of Michigan, where I graduated with a Master of Architecture degree. I hope to present both facts as well as critical readings of the city's trajectories of work and theory in ways that are sited in architectural discourse as well as interesting to residents.