How Ruins Acquire Aesthetic Value

Modern Ruins, Ruin Porn, and the Ruin Tradition

Authors: Whitehouse, Tanya

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  • Discusses how ruins acquire aesthetic value
  • Provides recommendations about what we should do with urban industrial ruins and how we should understand the phenomenon of “ruin porn”  
  • Intended for readers interested in aesthetics, architecture, and ruined environments
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This book provides the first recent philosophical account of how ruins acquire aesthetic value.  It draws on a variety of sources to explore modern ruins, the ruin tradition, and the phenomenon of “ruin porn.”  It features an unusual and original combination of philosophical analysis, the author’s photography, and reviews of both new and historically influential case studies, including Richard Haag’s Gas Works Park, the ruins of Detroit, and remnants of the steel industry of Pennsylvania.  Tanya Whitehouse shows how the users of ruins can become architects of a new order, transforming derelict sites into aesthetically significant places we should preserve.

About the authors

Tanya Whitehouse is a philosophy professor and arts student who has taught a variety of university and college philosophy courses, including Aesthetics and the Philosophy and History of Art.  Her research interests include philosophy of music and architecture, environmental aesthetics, and aesthetic judgment and imagination.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 44,02 €
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Hardcover 57,19 €
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Ruins Acquire Aesthetic Value
Book Subtitle
Modern Ruins, Ruin Porn, and the Ruin Tradition
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03065-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03065-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03064-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 122
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations
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