Ruin porn and green preservation: why are dilapidated sites of the past so exciting?

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Ruin porn and green preservation: why are dilapidated sites of the past so exciting?
The Mecca for ruin porn photographers is unsurprisingly the post-industrial city of Detroit, Michigan in the United States
Ruin porn and green preservation: why are dilapidated sites of the past so exciting?
The Mecca for ruin porn photographers is unsurprisingly the post-industrial city of Detroit, Michigan in the United States

As our technologies for imagining the buildings of the future become more advanced, architects are becoming more equipped in adapting structures that may have previously been demolished and redeveloped or otherwise left to deteriorate.

What’s more, the parameters for measuring a building’s environmental performance are also evolving and there is now a growing push towards green preservation rather than green building on the basis of measures such as embodied energy and material life cycle analysis.

Simultaneously, the widespread fascination of urban decay and dilapidated buildings within and outside the field of architecture is a rising phenomenon and has even seen the development of a photographic subculture nicknamed ‘ruin porn’. []

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