A sprawling installation in New York imagines a second life for houses that were once full of people.
It's a spine-tingling thing to see things that were once coveted fall into decay. That sentiment guided my interest in researching the glamorous beach resorts of times past, places that were once in history the apex of life for those fortunate enough to visit them, but ended up abandoned, seaside ghost towns left to crumble, left unloved.
The EPA refers to it as the most toxic place in America, but it's better known as Picher, Oklahoma. The apocalyptic theatrical landscape serves as a rather cryptic backdrop to this once thriving American city, a constant reminder of what happens when mankind doesn't respect nature and the environment.
No elegiac words for the people there, just a brief thank-you and sign off. I remember wondering whether anybody won that
The financial crisis left scores of abandoned development projects and showed the consequences of "speculative urbanization."
Seeing Austen's work raised several questions for me. Why are these videos are so amazing? What is it about them that produces