Tate Williams

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The Chaos Behind Closed Doors: Zero History, The Cabinet & airbnb

Originally published on Blue Ant, August 31, 2015.  Victorian English literature is filled with angst about what chaos lies behind proper and unassuming exteriors. In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Marlow says Brussels always reminds him of a “whited sepulchre,” a [...]

October 31, 2015 Arts & Culture
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In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos

Originally published at Curbed on June 18, 2014.  Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings—heck, just vacant buildings—are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant—it, as abandoned [...]

July 14, 2014 Arts & Culture
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In the Garden Cemetery: The Revival of America’s First Urban Parks

First published in American Forests magazine spring/summer 2014. |  In the 1820s, America’s cities had a problem: People kept dying, and church burial grounds were filling up. [...]

June 16, 2014 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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From the Industrial Revolution to Modern Housing: Adaptive Reuse of Factories in Lowell, MA

Originally published on Curbed National, April 18, 2014. |  The Boott Mills complex stretches along the Merrimack River like a fortress, a 179-year-old set of connected brick buildings that once housed roaring hydroelectric textile factories in the heart of Lowell, Mass. [...]

May 4, 2014 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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‘99% Invisible’ Uncovers the Hidden World of Design

Originally published in the East Bay Express, 2012 Roman Mars’ radio show and podcast is changing the way we look at design — and maybe the nature of public radio. By Tate Williams When people think of design, they usually conjure [...]

August 30, 2012 Arts & Culture, Portfolio, Writing