By Dan Barasch
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 - demonstrating 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 flak towers and bunkers to Gothic churches and belle époque theaters.
This compelling book also brings to life the fascinating stories behind high-profile projects such as the High Line in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Prada campus in Milan, and Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, as well as extraordinary lesser-known abandoned - and regenerated - spaces around the world.
Iconic work from the stars of the 20th century including Marcel Breuer, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright - as well as extraordinary transformations by such contemporary masters as Jean Nouvel, OMA, Thomas Heatherwick, and Herzog & de Meuron.
Ruin and Redemption in Architecture includes a foreward by Dylan Thuras, co-founder of Atlas Obscura, a guide to the world's most obscure places.
Hardcover, 240 pages, 250 illustrations
Dimensions: 8.25 x 11 x 1 inches
"A lovely paean to preservation masquerading as a coffee-table book." — Bloomberg Businessweek
"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 Essential Journal
"The book... comprises of dozens of architectural case studies... Examples include Tate Modern, Berlin's Templehof airport, Atlanta's Beltline and the Gemini Residence Copenhagen. The book also features an introductory essay by Barasch in which the fourth-generation New Yorker remembers being charmed by the old tenement buildings near his grandmothers's Lower East Side apartment." — The Observer