Image from atop McMansion Hell’s defense of modern architecture. (mcmansionhell.com)
Here is an interesting article in The Baffler, “The Archivists of Extinction,” by McMansion Hell blogger Kate Wagner. She focuses her microscope on folks who collect and post photos of old Kmarts, Toys ‘R’ Us’s, and the like, which are not being put out to pasture now that they are going out of business. They are being demolished.
Kmart Kboom? (twice.com)
Good riddance, you might say. Perhaps. My own motto, in fact, is if you want to preserve a modernist building with a demo permit taped to its front door, buy a camera. Still, thousands of people are finding a harmless way to grieve soon-to-be-lost architecture that played an emotional role in their lives, and their archival instincts are worthy of considerable respect. But let’s not get carried away.
There’s much to disagree with in Wagner’s long essay…
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