Ruins in reverse

Investigation by Bruce Bégout

Summary

Difficult to deny that ruins occupy an ever-greater part of the imagination of our time. We are not talking here of ancient or Gothic ruins, but of the dilapidated spaces in contemporary cities and their desolate factories, empty train stations, all the forgotten places of modernity.

The black aura of a city like Detroit, the Pompeii of today’s deindustrialisation, hovers above every abandoned building in the world. In just a short time, Detroit turned into the new Mecca of urban exploration, with pilgrims of urban devastation making their hajj to Detroit’s Michigan Theater and circling it like the Kaaba cube. But…

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