Ruin and redemption in architecture: The lost and found

Phaidon (a favorite publisher of ours) is releasing a new book, Ruin and Redemption in Architecture, that:

captures the awe-inspiring drama of abandoned, forgotten, and ruined spaces, as well as the extraordinary designs that can bring them back to life – demonstrating that reimagined, repurposed, and abandoned architecture has the beauty and power to change lives, communities, and cities the world over.

It’s written by Dan Barasch, Co-Founder of the Lowline, who really articulates how and why this blog exists with these thoughts:

There are plenty of projects that use “adaptive reuse” in really cynical ways, basically to sell condos. Yet there are dozens of examples of adaptive reuse as a tool for developing resilient public spaces or advancing social missions.

Sure, that old church or industrial space gets preserved but now they’re a high-end condo that you’ll never step foot in.