Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jun 4, 2005 - Architecture - 189 pages
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Standing in contrast to these aesthetically and socially regulated spaces are the neglected sites of industrial ruins, places on the margin which accommodate transgressive and playful activities. Providing a different aesthetic to the over-designed spaces of the city, ruins evoke an aesthetics of disorder, surprise and sensuality, offering ghostly glimpses into the past and a tactile encounter with space and materiality. Tim Edensor highlights the danger of destroying such evocative sites in order to build new developments. It is precisely their fragmentary nature and lack of fixed meaning that render ruins deeply meaningful. They blur boundaries between rural and urban, past and present and are intimately tied to memory, desire and a sense of place. Stunningly illustrated throughout, this book celebrates industrial ruins and reveals what they can tell us about ourselves and our past.

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what we overlook in our daily lives, industrial buildings that have fallen into disuse, Edensor takes as a case study for exploring space, cultural production, social practices, and post-human ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Academic British fellow waxes poetic about modern industrial ruins. There are some good ideas here, but this book really needs to be translated into more accessible language. The obfuscation of ... Read full review

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Tim Edensor is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life.

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