The blogger Tamaranorbust is a writer and academic who writes about things like Urban Exploration (urbex). She’s poured herself into this post, Generation X Goes Back to the Future: Urban Exploration. I love a writer who pushes your fingers to the dictionary or drives you to cross reference! She’s conducted an interview with an urban explorer from England, and this post is so worth the read. The pictures are stunning. If you are interested at all in the urban landscape, urban decay and urban revitalization, you’ll want to check this out.
Here is an excerpt:
Some Urban Explorers are interested primarily in the aesthetics of abandoned places, others show civic devotion to their own municipalities. Still, their work provides a key to new sensibilities. They reject the ‘throwaway’ mentality of rampant urbanization. They are witnesses of recent urban developments that are undocumented in the archives – and largely unexamined by the universities. Of course, urban decay is a trend that, for the most part, civil and institutional authorities are not keen to share. Urbex covers the ‘secret history’ of our cities over the past few decades and show the end results of recent municipal policy-making. The decline of old institutions, schools, railways, barracks, asylums and many other public buildings and structures is a trend that few people grasp as a general phenomenon. Yet Urbex is a growing pastime in many developed countries precisely because that decline is a general problem.
Are you an urban explorer? Do you know any? What urban structures do you wish you could explore? One of my favorite Oklahoma websites is Abandoned Oklahoma, which regularly features many abandoned urban structures.