Underground passions

David Adjaye and Sue Webster’s Mole House, once owned by William “Mole Man” Lyttle, who spent 40 years burrowing, before being legally removed from his burrow. Subsequently sold to the artist, it was demolished and rebuilt in collaboration with Adjaye / Staring at Hell: The aesthetics of architecture in a ruined world, by Kate Smart, creator of McMansion Hell, a musing on ruins, romance, and the jarring relationship between beauty and the sublime and the natural and unnatural world. See also: Smoke from Underground, the story of Centralia, Pennsylvania. Also related, Kennecott Mines: An Alaskan Ghost Town / the hacked-together, cyberpunk dystopian future creeps up on us without anyone really noticing; Farmers Are Buying 40-Year-Old Tractors Because They’re Actually Repairable. Prices for old tractors are rising as tractor hacking becomes harder and harder. From three years ago (via MeFi): Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware. More information about the “Right to Repair” movement.

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