30 Must-Read Urban Ghosts articles of 2012

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The coming year is set to be an exciting one for Urban Ghosts. As we move into 2013, we wanted to take a quick look back at a selection of articles that helped make 2012 our best year so far – and offer a taste of things to come over the next 12 months. From abandoned places and urban exploration to urban interventionism, adaptive reuse, urban art and strange travel locations, this Top 30 list is a must-read for new visitors to the site, as well as established readers looking to recap on archived content. They aren’t necessarily our most read articles, but together, they represent our 2012 staff favourites while offering a broad picture of Urban Ghosts’ focus.

5 Pillars of the Abandoned World: Fallen Institutions, Lost Industry & More

20 Commanding Cliff-top Castles and Fortresses

In Love with Rust: Photography’s Obsession with Modern Urban Ruins

The Derelict Mountain Headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party

Street of the Fishing Cat: Legendary World of the Narrowest Street in Paris

20 Spectacular Abandoned Mansions of the World

Interview with Urban Explorer Phill.d

Exploring the Paris Metro’s eerie Ghost Stations

Jeff Friesen’s ‘Ghost Train’ puts a Twist on the Canadian Railway Journey Epic

10 Offbeat things to do in Rome

North Korea: 5 Eerie Insights into an Unexplored Land

Abandoned Victorian Houses – built entirely from LEGO

4 Unconventional Monuments made from Recycled Vehicles & Scrap Metal

Rediscovering Scotland’s Hidden Grouse Moor Line (Duchal Moor)

Urban Interventionism: Steve Wheen’s Pothole Gardens are Tiny Living Worlds

NYC Realtor Tim Simmons Photographs the Ornate Fire Escapes of Hell’s Kitchen

Urban Adventure: Geocaching, Elevator Surfing and Drainboating

Miniature Urbex: The Amazing Work of Lori Nix

The Screaming Tunnel: Urban Legend tells the Darker Side of Niagara Falls

The Heidelberg Project: Empowering Communities through Recycled Art

Five Most Unusual Fast Food Restaurants from Around the World

Giethoorn: Where the Streets have No Name – Because there Aren’t Any!

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre: Recycled Figures Recount Stories of Life & Death

The Mummies of Guanajuato: a Mexican Museum for the Morbidly Curious

Adaptive Reuse: from Derelict Pig Barn to Modern House

Compania Maritima: Forgotten Heritage Site in One of Asia’s Oldest Cities

Setenil de las Bodegas’ Narrow Streets Concealed by Overhanging Cliffs

Post-Apocalyptic Visions: 5 Artistic Renderings of the World’s End

Brush Park, Detroit: Historic Home of Decaying Mansions & Elite Abandonments

Google Earth Reveals Ghostly Images of Britain’s Forgotten Wartime Airfields


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