Architecture and design are at the core of our towns and cities. But in a post-industrial age, the changing face of the urban landscape has seen many (often ornate) structures abandoned and even demolished, as well as an emerging emphasis on re-purposed buildings and adaptive reuse that puts a creative twist on modern architectural design.
Dubbed “hotel of doom”, the vast concrete skeleton of the Ryugyong Hotel has loomed over Pyongyang for years. But completion finally appears to be on the horizon…
With many now being phased out across Britain, the iconic red telephone box has been repurposed as libraries and toilets and transformed into recycled art.
Most fast food chains look the same no matter where you go in the world but there are some notable exceptions – and this article highlights five of them.
Standing on Great Eastern Street in London, a glance several metres above eye level with reveal two recycled Tube trains, now the sustainable studios of Village Underground.
Around St. Patrick’s Day 1970 a poster appeared in the window of the Irish Tourism offices in New York City that was destined to become one of Ireland’s most iconic modern images – “The Doors of Dublin”.
This recycled art installation in Athens, Georgia is at once ironic, humourous and functional – a retired school bus transformed into a bus shelter, incorporating the seats of an Atlanta city bus.
This unusual pile of discarded building materials at the disused West Grinstead railway station in England is actually a ‘bug mansion’ inhabited by beetles, spiders and butterflies.
We’ve explored New York City’s High Line in earlier articles, but the Promenade Plantée in Paris is a new find for Urban Ghosts – despite it predating the High Line by almost 20 years!
Abney Park Cemetery was considered a pioneering project for its time and was the first cemetery in Europe to also serve as an arboretum.
Jonathon Denson’s excellent website doesn’t just document Pittsburgh’s historic abandoned buildings. It also offers tips on how to buy and restore abandoned houses.
From the time of its construction in 1923, the Thorpeness water tower in Suffolk was destined to become a residence – both in appearance and eventual reuse.
This retired 1960s train may not be travelling anymore, but it’s still serving London commuters every day! Inside the disused carriage is one of London’s most unique eateries – The Deptford Project cafe.
Many cities use colour to great effect in their architecture, but not many go to such an extent as these! Using all the colours of the rainbow, these seven cities from around the world are a bright and welcoming sight for travellers and residents alike.
Rosey Prince’s fascination with landmarks is shown in her striking pictures of urban scenes. Shadowy petrol stations and looming tower blocks may not be universally significant, but they hold their own truth as landmarks we recognise every day.
One of the more weird and wonderful attractions along historic Route 66 near Barstow, California is Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch, made from hundreds of empty bottles mounted on recycled scrap metal poles.