Friday, October 30, 2009


Feral Houses

Have you ever wondered what happens to houses that are abandoned by humans? There are many such houses now, especially in Detroit, and here you can see some stunning photographs of what the blogger calls “feral houses.” It’s amazing how nature takes over and reinhabits spaces after humans decamp, and I have to admit that it’s quite beautiful, too. Which is not to say that I have no compassion for the unfortunate circumstances of the former inhabitants.

There will of course be more of this in the future, and not only in Detroit, as economic degradation induces the further retreat of humans from many far-flung suburbs. Since demolition is costly and generates much waste, cities should look into having salvage operators dismantle abandoned buildings for materials that can be reused. In fact, this article states that up to 80% of the materials can be reused or recycled. Surely building salvage will become a booming business in the future.

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