Some More Thoughts On Ruins

I’ve talked before about “ruin porn” and my discomfort with the topic. I recently came across this seven-year-old essay on the topic: “The Unspeakable Pleasure of Ruins” by Rick Poynor. His thesis is that my misgivings are wrong, that there’s nothing wrong photos or other representations of ruins, regardless of the aesthetic intentions of the …

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Easy To Reach

My previous speculation about how the old Tappan Zee Bridge would be demolished was wrong. I had thought that the backarms of the cantilevers would be lifted off their piers and dissembled elsewhere. That was too subtle. The picture above, taken from a train, shows the actual process: one backarm has been dropped from its …

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Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts

This collection of pictures by Austin Hodges – the last remaining houses from rows and blocks that are otherwise demolished – is slightly misdescribed in the linked article. I don’t believe that any of those buildings are half of a house. Rather, some of them were part of rows that were designed as an overall whole. …

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The Message Only Becomes More Important Over Time

I feel like I read an article on this topic every month or so, but the repetition is okay. The greenest building is the one that already exists and is reused. Or, as Mark Alan Hewitt puts it in Common Edge: Why Reusing Buildings Should Be the Next Big Thing. Existing buildings vastly outnumber new ones, …

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