Urban Ghosts: Remnant Stories of Building Demolition & Graffiti Removal

Urban ghosts: remnant stories of building demolition & graffiti removal
Brick outline of old A-frame house by Maca.Foto

Photographing decay is not a new trend, but the focus of such images tends to be on the aesthetics of destruction rather than what the remains of old architecture or carefully erased art can teach us. Demolishing a building or painting over a work of graffiti can leave unintended but compelling traces on built environments — ghostly impressions that tell site-specific stories of creation and destruction.

The Unconscious Art of Building Demolition
Structures that share party walls can leave elevation imprints on adjacent buildings as (or more) instructive than footprints on the ground. One can begin to trace out not only the locations of different rooms but also the colors and materials of their walls and the places where staircases once connected multiple floors.

Even when the remains are relatively minimal, small leftover features (like building and window outlines) may show what the facade of a house looked like before it was joined to a new neighbor. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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