Before There was ‘Ruin Porn’ There was ‘Ruin Value’

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Before There was ‘Ruin Porn’ There was ‘Ruin Value’

Before There was ‘Ruin Porn’ There was ‘Ruin Value’

The idea of ruin value was pioneered by German architect Albert Speer as he was planning for the 1936 Summer Olympics. He published an essay titled “The Theory of Ruin Value” that detailed the value of expertly planned and designed buildings that in their decay would behind attractive ruins that would last, through the ages, without any maintenance at all. Though Speer claimed the concept as his own, like ruin porn, a similar idea was popularized previously.

The idea actually dates back to the 18th century when the same aesthetic was romanticized to the point that individuals constructed faux ruins. There was even an instance where a German landgraf commissioned a “new ruined castle”. []

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