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The value of ruins: Allegories of destruction in Benjamin and Speer

  title={The value of ruins: Allegories of destruction in Benjamin and Speer},
  author={Naomi Stead},
This paper seeks to explore some of the theoretical implications of the ruin as it emerged contemporaneously, but in very different guises, in the work of Walter Benjamin and Albert Speer. In Speer’s ‘Theory of Ruin Value’, the aesthetic fragmentation he imagines in the future ruins of his buildings is belied by their continuing ideological totality. Conversely, in the context of Benjamin’s philosophy of history the ruin provides an emblem, not only of the melancholic worldview presented in… 
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