Exploring the city and urban areas, abandoned, derelict places. http://onlineroadtrip.com
Curated by Laura Brown
These abandoned houses make you feel small, in the way that walking around an unfamiliar city for the first time does. There is clearly a continuum that you are a part of, that you recognize, but that clearly posits you as just a tiny, maybe unconsequential part of the whole. That is something devastating to the ego and thrillingly liberating, especially for this architect. It is a kind of existentialism laid bare and maybe even exposed in its own self-importance.
We have all walked through great neighborhoods and parts of cities with magnificent old buildings and very few of us would show no concern at all if these places were simply ground down under the wheels of progress. That doesn’t mean we save every shack or old shed, but rather we recognize some value in mere continued existence of some portions of our collective past. What is valuable about these old buildings is not necessarily what they look like or how they function, but what they are. The preservation of some older buildings reminds us of what we are by holding on to some portion of who we have been.
"Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves. Even when we had Penn Station, we couldn’t afford to keep it clean. We want and deserve tin-can architecture in a tinhorn culture. And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed."
- "Farewell to Penn Station," New York Times editorial, October 30, 1963