Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture

An extensive survey of buildings lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed

Dan Barasch, co-founder of New York City‘s Lowline (a football field-sized abandoned plot of underground land in the Lower East Side) argues in his newest book, Ruin and Redemption in Architecture, that there are four status updates for old buildings: lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed. Barasch documents buildings all over the world in these various states in the book—through photographs, essays and more. Whether it …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An underground park for NYC, up-close with the Crab Nebula, why silence is good for you and more in our look around the web

1. Hubble’s Beautiful Close-Up Image of the Crab Nebula In yet another image and discovery that are difficult to comprehend fully, NASA has delved into the core of Taurus’ Crab Nebula—via the Hubble Telescope—and released an up-close image that shows the left-overs of a supernova. The glistening, colorful picture shows a neutron star in the middle of the nebula that’s “about the same mass as …

NYC Officially Approves the Lowline Project

Great news for NYC: city regulators have given the first official approval to build the Lowline, a subterranean park that will exist in the abandoned Williamsburg Bridge Railway terminal in the LES. Similar to the Highline, the park will use a once abandoned public space and fill it with lush greenery, but will also endeavor to be tech-forward—growing plants underground, next to an active subway …