… while the topics associated with infrastructure were plentiful this year, one of them sticks-out and consistently lingers in my mind’s eye. It is a topic implied in what I saw again just today while scrolling through my facebook and twitter feed.
It is called a number of things, although, apparently, “ruin porn” is term that has come to encapsulate the phenomenon. For example, I saw it today: an abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park that “will haunt you.”
Now, “ruin porn” is not exactly a p.c. term; however, even the New York Times is using it. For example, “‘Ruin Porn’ — the Aftermath of the Beijing Olympics” (although, I will grant that the author put the term in scare quotes in the title, that, or the editor did).
I have blogged with/or about these topics numerous times, often without much reflection on the issues, ogling these derelict structures along with everyone else: abandoned places, emphasis on collapse, and decay, but elsewhere too (we even have a tag for “decay“).
There are folks saying we need to get beyond this and are trying to make sense of the pornographic nature (although that always struck me as an overstatement or way to garner media attention to the concept/issue).
That said, the topic gains attention constantly. Even conferences now are organized around it.
As I continue to ponder this, I am wondering what role this plays in actually solving some of our serious infrastructure concerns …