The current issue of Arcade, the Northwest's architectural journal, has some glorious black-and-white images of abandoned and dormant urban spaces by Aaron Asis, an architectural photographer...

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  • Aaron Asis
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The reason why I'm fascinated by decaying and abandoned spaces is because they are free from capital. In them, we wonderfully feel the absence of the market's grip. They have no value, no interest, no investments. Some ruins are so massive that capital can't even remove them. They are too expensive to demolish. There are a lot buildings of this kind in Detroit, the subject of a new documentary, Detropia, by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (it opens today at the NWFF); buildings that are radically negative to capital. We float through these spaces.