Ruin and Redemption in Architecture captures the awe-inspiring drama of abandoned, forgotten, and ruined spaces, as well as the extraordinary designs that can bring them back to life. The book demonstrates that reimagined, repurposed, and abandoned architecture has the beauty and power to change lives, communities, and cities the world over.
The scale and diversity of abandoned buildings is shown through examples from all around the world, demonstrating the extraordinary ingenuity of their transformation by some of the greatest architectural designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Examples range from Victorian gas holders, imposing railway stations, factories, World War II structures and bunkers, to Gothic churches and belle époque theaters.
Author Dan Barasch is co-founder of the Lowline, a plan to transform an abandoned New York City, New York, trolley terminal into the world’s first underground park. His work on the Lowline helped uncover global enthusiasm and interest in reclaiming abandoned buildings. He has previously held leadership roles at Google®, UNICEF, the 9/11 Survivors’ Fund, and within New York City government. A frequent speaker on social innovation, urban development, and public design, Barasch lives in New York City.