94th ACSA Annual Meeting
Salt Lake City, UT
Driving on a highway in Iowa, corn cribs can be seen at a rate of approximately one crib every couple of miles. Corn Cribs are naturally ventilated timber structures used for storing the crop after the harvest. They are seen nowadays un-maintained, left to decay; announcing a dying facility that was replaced with the new storage buildings equipped with automatic temperature and humidity controls. Other than being technologically obsolete, these dilapidating corn cribs also announce the gradual disappearance of a way of life in the American Midwest. A way of life that is associated with the family farm, which is the main agricultural production unit. A family farm is defined as a "...family-owned farm with enough land to support the family and no more land than could be farmed by the labor force of the family.
Ghandour, Marwan, "Representation and Spatial Incorporation of Iowa, 19th-20th c." (2006). Architecture Conference Proceedings and Presentations. 35.