Ruinology
15.2K views | +0 today
Follow
Ruinology
Representations of/discussions about abandoned spaces, processes of urban decline and renewal,  'ruin porn,' urban exploration, dereliction tourism, and the aesthetics of decay in popular media.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Ruinology: Definitions & Examples

Ruinology: Definitions & Examples | Ruinology | Scoop.it

The Quincy Mine stamp mill in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, USA Photo by Kaeleigh Herstad (2013)

 

For more info about the Quincy stamp complex: http://www.coppercountryexplorer.com/2007/08/the-addition/

Kaeleigh Herstad's insight:

This topic focuses on representations of 'new ruins,' or the physical remains of the built environment constructed in the recent past. Sociologist Daryl Martin has used the term "ruinology" to describe the study of contemporary ruins.

 

These structures and sites may have been destroyed or abandoned through processes of deindustrialization and economic decline,  urban sprawl and population shifts, societal or cultural changes (certain types of activities or structures falling out of favor), technological change, environmental or industrial disaster, withdrawal of national and international funding and resources, conflict and violence, and/or political change.

 

Below are some of the different categories of recent ruin that you'll see most often represented and discussed in mass media and on this page (a site or structure may fall into multiple categories):

 

(1) State and social institutions: prisons, asylums, military structures, hospitals/healthcare facilities, schools, Olympic venues, World's Fair infrastructure, public and governmental buildings of all kinds

(2)  Industrial and commercial: mines, quarries, distilleries, power plants, factories, mills, transportation networks (subways, railroads, bridges, airports), food/agriculture (grain elevators, plantations, farmsteads, outbuildings), junk and scrap yards, retail (malls, shops)

(3) Residential and religious: houses and apartment complexes, cemeteries, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, orphanages, monasteries/convents

(4) Travel, Sport, and Leisure: theme and amusement parks, theaters, hotels, stadiums, ballparks, and other sports facilities.

more...
Curtis Allen's curator insight, March 22, 2015 10:55 AM

I keep meaning to take a camera to some of the old abandoned buildings in Birmingham city centre and Digbeth.

Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

The view from Middletown: Muncie's forgotten factories - a photo essay by David Levene

The view from Middletown: Muncie's forgotten factories - a photo essay by David Levene | Ruinology | Scoop.it
David Levene’s images of Muncie’s abandoned industrial sites tell a larger story about the de-industrialisation of the American midwest
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

What Chinese corner-cutting reveals about modernity – James Palmer | Aeon Essays

Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

The Ecology of Ruin - Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt

The Ecology of Ruin - Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt | Ruinology | Scoop.it
As a grad student in ecology, I spent a lot of time in the woods with a camera for company. I was living in upstate New York, studying how plants recolonize forests growing up on old fields, and why some return faster than others.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Touring Chinatown's Fading Neon Signs, Part 1 | Hoodline

Touring Chinatown's Fading Neon Signs, Part 1 | Hoodline | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Neon lights in Chinatown are burning out and fading away, but some iconic signs are still standing—and even glowing—today.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

What former Soviet republics can teach us about ruin porn and pizza chains

What former Soviet republics can teach us about ruin porn and pizza chains | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Britain’s attitude to buildings no longer wanted is hit and miss, Gillian Darley finds
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Colonising the Street: How Greenpoint’s Retail Newcomers Market Authenticity — Failed Architecture

Colonising the Street: How Greenpoint’s Retail Newcomers Market Authenticity — Failed Architecture | Ruinology | Scoop.it
In this Brooklyn neighbourhood, a shop's 'authenticity' is as much an aesthetic expression as it is a marketing tool. This read examines the ne
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

The Lonely Grandeur of Mid-Century Beachfront Motels

The Lonely Grandeur of Mid-Century Beachfront Motels | Ruinology | Scoop.it
The photographer Mark Havens spent a decade photographing mid-century architecture along the New Jersey coast.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Can Michigan Central Station Be Brought Back? Yes It Can, Kansas City Already Figured It Out

Can Michigan Central Station Be Brought Back? Yes It Can, Kansas City Already Figured It Out | Ruinology | Scoop.it
If there is any doubt that the Michigan Central Station can be brought back to life, here lies an example of a city that’s already made something like that happen.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Worst of McMansions

Worst of McMansions | Ruinology | Scoop.it
If you love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before the bubble burst (1980s-2009) you've come to the right place. Be sure to check out the required reading. New posts every week!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

The Promise of the $20,000 House

The Promise of the $20,000 House | Ruinology | Scoop.it
In Alabama, the Rural Studio design workshop has spent years refining prototypes for a cheap, well-made small house. Soon, they'll start selling the plans.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

From Big to Small: Buffalo's Telescope Houses

From Big to Small: Buffalo's Telescope Houses | Ruinology | Scoop.it
An interview with David Schalliol, documenter of Buffalo’s most peculiar architectural vernacular
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Artists are Salvaging Train Stations' Analog Departure Boards

Artists are Salvaging Train Stations' Analog Departure Boards | Ruinology | Scoop.it
As split-flap Solari boards disappear from stations and airports, they reappear elsewhere.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Indy’s oldest temple is historic but empty. So now what?

Indy’s oldest temple is historic but empty. So now what? | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Finding a new use for an old church is a widespread predicament as suburbs have drawn people away from older parts of town and as attendance at religious services declines.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

What does a train line closed 50 years ago look like now? - BBC News

What does a train line closed 50 years ago look like now? - BBC News | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Fifty years since the closure of the Great Central Railway line, the BBC travels the length of the route through Nottinghamshire.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

What was Found (and still edible) inside a 150 year-old Sunken Steamboat

What was Found (and still edible) inside a 150 year-old Sunken Steamboat | Ruinology | Scoop.it
In 1856, the Steamboat Arabia was frontier bound, loaded with supplies for 16 towns.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Berlin Marzahn: Social Housing With Marquis Hawkes — Failed Architecture

Berlin Marzahn: Social Housing With Marquis Hawkes — Failed Architecture | Ruinology | Scoop.it
We discuss the artist’s recent album Social Housing, his modernist DDR neighbourhood, housing policies, and living in Berlin as an artist, while h
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Farewell to the Clickety-Clack of Philadelphia’s Train Station Display Board

Farewell to the Clickety-Clack of Philadelphia’s Train Station Display Board | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Philadelphia is one of the last major East Coast cities to replace its flipping sign with a digital one.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

L.A.'s Iconic, Hated Dingbat Apartment Is an Endangered Species

L.A.'s Iconic, Hated Dingbat Apartment Is an Endangered Species | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein focus on one seriously forgotten (and often hated) structure in Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartmen
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

Old Abandoned Train Is Transformed Into A 400-sq-ft Tiny House, And It’s Gorgeous

Old Abandoned Train Is Transformed Into A 400-sq-ft Tiny House, And It’s Gorgeous | Ruinology | Scoop.it
Back in 1939, the town of Essex, MT was picking up steam. It had always been in close proximity to the gorgeous Glacier National Park — in fact, it was nestled between its two main entrances.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kaeleigh Herstad
Scoop.it!

From Bustling Factory To Abandoned Eyesore: The Story Of The Old AMC Headquarters In Detroit

From Bustling Factory To Abandoned Eyesore: The Story Of The Old AMC Headquarters In Detroit | Ruinology | Scoop.it
The American Motors Corporation’s former headquarters at 14250 Plymouth Road is in limbo now. The property’s ownership will likely go to the Wayne County Land Bank before the end of the year.
more...
No comment yet.