3 Rhythms of Historical Disposal

The Role of Absent Spaces in the Organizational Process of Space Planning

Fabio James Petani and Jeanne Mengis

Introduction

[T]he darkness does not lift but becomes yet heavier as I think how little we can hold in mind, how everything is constantly lapsing into oblivion with every extinguished life, how the world is, as it were, draining itself, in that the history of countless places and objects which themselves have no power of memory is never heard, never described or passed on.

From Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald, 2001: 30–31

We can see our forests vanishing, our water-powers going to waste, our soil being carried by floods into the sea; and the end of our coal and our iron is in sight. But our larger wastes ...

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