Metropolis mourns the death of Balthazar Korab. The Hungarian native studied architecture in Paris before moving to Michigan, where he worked as a photographer for Eero Saarinen. He is considered one of the foremost photographers of midcentury modernist structuresbut according to his biographer John Comazzi, he wanted to be known as “an architect who makes pictures rather than a photographer who is knowledgeable about architecture.”
On the Waterfront
FROM DOUG KELBAUGH
It’s good to see the Great Lakes region on the offensive for a change—the Lake Belt rather than the Rust Belt (“Planning: The Great Lakes Century,” by Steven Litt, p. 52). Taking advantage of a fifth of the world’s freshwater supply is a “Game Changer.” Tapping into water as a source of life, as opposed to just a natural resource, puts a new spin on it. Phil Enquist’s proposed use of its thermal benefits (the sluice to provide cheap air-conditioning) is but one of the promising techniques. And providing compact, walkable, mixed-use development that will be served by transit will keep the eco-footprint of the residents lower than their sprawling suburban counterparts. From steelworks to steelheads, the trend is positive.
FROM JOHANNA HECHT
We spent summers in the 1950s on Beach 2nd St., protected from the ocean by Atlantic Beach (“Living on Shifting Sands,” by Karrie Jacobs, p. 30). Our basement-less houses were flooded by Sandy but survived. The suburban banality that replaced the bungalows is ghastly but not unique. Driving along the Jersey Shore you see the same. Seeing Hurricane Sandy’s impact, I agree that Arverne by the Sea is “different” yet appealing. Respect for open space is the way to go.
The January 2013 article “Advocacy: Edward Mazria” (p. 48) incorrectly states that Governor Richardson’s order was issued in May 2011. The 2030 Challenge for Products was issued in February 2011.