Monday, December 3, 2007

World's Worst Urban Spaces

worst_urban_places_asb_21, originally uploaded by andreasbaeing.

Digital Urban has organized the World's Worst Urban Places and Spaces Pool on Flickr. Above is the first example uploaded showing a scene from Manchester, UK...

Looking through this photo set, I can't help but to ask myself, So, what is it about these places that I find so fact, beautiful? Is it my love affair with failed modernist housing projects?

I doubt it. In our era of revivalization aesthetics, we only see the hope these places represent. A speculator sees artist lofts and dollar signs. An urban designer already begins composing 'Before/After' images in his mind. Interestingly, we are sublimating the primitive idealism of the original designers of these worlds in the push toward revitalizing the core...This is the new hope for the postmodern (modern nostalgic) designer: we are able to peer at the morose carcasses of yesterday's failures to recast entire cities as regenerated, glittering, Bobo New Jerusalems in the post-apocalyptic world.

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