Intelligent Design: Will It Make a Beautiful (Safe) Ruin?

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This struck me as “speaking poetry to power.”

Idle Chatter: The Power of Ruins
Nuclear power plants are an uncanny presence in the built environment.

By Morgan Meis, The Smart Set

“Will it make a beautiful ruin?” That was the question Basil Spence asked about the nuclear power station he was designing in Trawsfynydd, Wales. This was back in the 1960s, but it was forward looking. Spence, an architect (he designed the famous Coventry Cathedral in England), was aware of one simple fact: Nuclear power plants are functional for a relatively short period of time before they are put out of commission and replaced by newer, safer designs and technology. The abandoned plant is filled with radioactivity that makes it unusable for anything for a long time. A cathedral is designed with the idea that it should stand, and function, for a very long time — perhaps beyond time. A nuclear power plant is designed with the knowledge that it must become a ruin, and rather quickly. It is born to die, and then to sit as a corpse, a testimony to the strange and unsettling function it once had.

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See Also:

A Nuclear Ruin is Being Born (Atlantic Monthly) with one photo

Nuclear Ruins (Rosh Ruins) with stark photos

Stalk a Nuclear Ruin (WIRED)

Zero Killer: An Alternate History of Nuclear Ruin (Comic Attack) serious fiction & cartoons

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