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Highland Park Ford Plant by Highland Park, Michigan

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Originally appeared in 10 Buildings That Changed America
on May 12, 2013
Highland Park Ford Plant by Highland Park, Michigan
Highland Park Ford Plant, Highland Park, Michigan (1910)

The Highland Park Ford Plant, designed by Albert Kahn, was the first so-called daylight factory, and the birthplace of the moving assembly line. Created for Henry Ford, who ceaselessly refined his process of efficiency in an effort to save unneeded motion, the building's natural light and improved air quality was a boon to Ford's workers' quality of life (and productivity). Over the course of the next 30 years, Ford and Kahn's collaboration yielded 1,000 factory buildings, setting a pattern for American industrial architecture.

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