Ghost Cities and Ruin Lust

Essay in Oxford Urbanists Magazine, May 2018

 

We live in the era of acceleration – in a world of constant, exhausting hypermobility and relentless, hysterical urbanization. This essay for the Oxford Urbanists Magazine reflects on the phenomenon of accelerated urbanism by looking at its antithesis. My interest is in understanding how our fascination with ruins is reproduced in cities, spurred by the decline of the industrial era alongside the rise of neoliberal globalization and the spread of urban poverty. 

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 Ghost mansion in London. Photo via The Guardian.

Ghost mansion in London. Photo via The Guardian.