There’s this sense of wonder you get when looking at abandoned buildings. You try to imagine what these spaces were like when they were filled with busy workers trying to meet production targets. And why did they close?
(Brett Patman, “Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings — a photo essay,” The Guardian, 5-11-19)The spectacle of decay and decrepitude on an industrial scale is somehow stirring. The so-called advances in how we make buildings seem to be matched by an acceleration of the rate at which they disintegrate. It’s hard to imagine anything erected today standing — like a Roman bridge — a thousand years from now.
… toxic, putrefying, oxidized, infested, cankerous, crumbling, melancholy, five-star has-beens…
… are fertile ground for art and piety,…
… which spring from death anyway.
(Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego, “When Soviets met Stans: the tower blocks of central Asia — in pictures,” The Guardian, 5-3-19.
(c) 2019 JMN
Some of the residential buildings are stunning
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I agree. For me the residential buildings have a brave, shabby, forlorn splendor and daring, or at least ambitious, design. I wanted to use more images, but was afraid of over-poaching from the two great photo essays.