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Monday, December 6, 2010

Where London Stood

I found a wonderful site about ruins called Where London Stood, which David Platt has assembled. It shows images of imagined ruins from the 18th century and onward. There are so many lovely images he collected that it's hard to know where to start. He has Modern Ruins, a comparison of Shelley and Smith's similar Ozymandias poems, beautiful renderings of a ruined America from John Ames Mitchell's The Last American, Paris in BBC's The Tripod, Philadelphia in Twelve Monkeys (note the lion on the roof), and Washington in Logan's Run. He also has an extensive bibliography.

Click on the links, enjoy the fruits of the imagination, and think about why ruins are so evocative.


  1. Thanks for the kind words about the project.

    I'm afraid that, in recent years, I've had some problems with the hosting st Stanford, so it might now be better to direct people to the following URL:


    This then links to the original URL and--just to be sure--also links to the Wayback Machine's archive versions of the site.

    I'm hoping to eventually migrate it to a different platform entirely.

  2. You may also find Ray Girvan (sadly, deceased) and his blog to be a useful source of commentary on the subject. Particularly, under the "postapoc" tag: