Photos of the Day: Isolated Building Studies

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March 31, 2014
David Schalliol’s photo project showcases the eerie beauty in Chicago's abandoned lots and standalone buildings. Read Full Article
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  Isolated Building Studies: Grand Boulevard
The subjects of David Schalliol’s Isolated Building Studies appear as sentries in the Chicago landscape.
    Isolated Building Studies: Grand Boulevard

    The subjects of David Schalliol’s Isolated Building Studies appear as sentries in the Chicago landscape.

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  Isolated Building Studies: Washington Park
“I’m focused on how to visualize social and economic changes,” says the University of Chicago PhD student studying sociology and urban communities. “To me, these houses standing on their own represent clear ways of getting into important discussions about how larger economic forces influence the constitution of our cities.”
    Isolated Building Studies: Washington Park

    “I’m focused on how to visualize social and economic changes,” says the University of Chicago PhD student studying sociology and urban communities. “To me, these houses standing on their own represent clear ways of getting into important discussions about how larger economic forces influence the constitution of our cities.”

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  Isolated Building Studies: Bridgeport
Snapping photos of these buildings since 2006, Schalliol concentrates on homes and buildings on Chicago’s south and west sides.
    Isolated Building Studies: Bridgeport

    Snapping photos of these buildings since 2006, Schalliol concentrates on homes and buildings on Chicago’s south and west sides.

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  Isolated Building Studies: Fuller Park
In some ways, he has documented how the foreclosure crisis -- which often leads to evictions, buildings stripped of material and banks considering demolition -- has meant that in neighborhoods like Englewood, 20 percent of the homes are vacant.
    Isolated Building Studies: Fuller Park

    In some ways, he has documented how the foreclosure crisis -- which often leads to evictions, buildings stripped of material and banks considering demolition -- has meant that in neighborhoods like Englewood, 20 percent of the homes are vacant.

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  Isolated Building Studies: East Side
What started as a way to get his bearings, and learn about the neighborhoods around him has informed his photos projects and given him a lens to view other urban environments.
    Isolated Building Studies: East Side

    What started as a way to get his bearings, and learn about the neighborhoods around him has informed his photos projects and given him a lens to view other urban environments.

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  Isolated Building Studies: Englewood
“It’s helped me understand Chicago,” he says, “and it also really influences the way I see other cities. I look for similar patterns. It helped me build out a typology of urban forms, in a way, it helps influence the way I see what’s going on in other cities.”
    Isolated Building Studies: Englewood

    “It’s helped me understand Chicago,” he says, “and it also really influences the way I see other cities. I look for similar patterns. It helped me build out a typology of urban forms, in a way, it helps influence the way I see what’s going on in other cities.”

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  Isolated Building Studies: Grand Boulevard
    Isolated Building Studies: Grand Boulevard

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  Isolated Building Studies: Fuller Park
    Isolated Building Studies: Fuller Park

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  Isolated Building Studies: Grand Boulevard
    Isolated Building Studies: Grand Boulevard

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