In the article “Buffalo’s Revival,” by Samantha Kittinger, the research she did revolves around the transformation of space and music. Kittinger uses her ethnographic fieldwork from an eight-month study of Buffalo, New York’s abandoned spaces as a result of an economic decline.
Kittinger attributes Buffalo’s revival to young people, new ideas for old things. Her research, as an anthropology student at a Buffalo college, focuses on upcycling. Upcycling is a concept of taking something old, vintage, or that no longer holds its intended use and to create something new out of it.
Kittinger shows how old abandoned factories with grain elevators are now being used as video recording sessions for local musicians. Called the “Silo Sessions,” local talent is filmed in these abandoned grain elevators.
I agree with Ms. Kittinger that this is a way to showcase history along with preservation. In my own town, old factories have been converted to modern apartments. The space is different but the culture and architectural heritage has been preserved. As an anthropologist the author, through her research, has demonstrated the importance of upcycling. Maybe some other person reading this may think of new and insightful ideas about the use of old space.