Urbex, Urban Art & More
One commentator recently branded Athens’ abandoned stadiums left over from the 2004 Summer Olympics as “the newest wonder of the world: the ruins of modern Greece”.
Crusaders left the Holy Land when the fall of Acre (1291) ended almost 200 years of fighting, purging the Levante of Christian rule. Left behind were dozens of mighty fortresses that once guarded the trade and pilgrim routes of the Middle East.
In 1917, when the United States entered a distant war half a world away in Europe, two large forts were constructed in New York City with one purpose in mind – to defend the homeland against potential attack.
In America “DMV” stands for the Department of Motor Vehicles, while in Britain it refers to something far more interesting – deserted medieval villages. Join us as we explore the enigmatic ruins of Wharram Percy, widely credited as the most famous deserted medieval village in England.
Yesterday we explored the Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm. Today we take a peek at a very different aspect of interior design in the Swedish capital. Enter the Kvadrat Showroom, with a unique tile system designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
The awesome Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet revolutionised commercial air travel. With more than 1,400 rolled off the production line to date, this select group is revolutionising the Jumbo’s life-after-flight potential, from environmental consideration to the world’s wildest recycled home and hostel.
Exploring the Rust Belt is bound to turn up myriad faded treasures. The boom times of manufacturing led to unparalleled prosperity in America’s industrial cities, with the creation of lavish buildings rendered eerily abandoned by more recent economic decline. Join us on our virtual road trip through America’s industrial heartland.
Popular belief says the sun is an infrequent visitor to Scotland, but this series of sun-soaked photos by Shadowgate reminds us why thousands of visitors each year love to spend their time trekking this wild and wonderful landscape.
The Mojave Desert, home to Edwards Air Force Base, has been a hotbed of bizarre aircraft activity for decades. But forget all the high tech stuff – south of the lake bed are a selection of aircraft hulks that appear to have been abandoned for decades.
Modellers across the world (of plastic kits, not catwalks) instinctively know of Airfix, a brand that has become so synonymous with the hobby that even kits made by other manufacturers are routinely referred to as “Airfix kits”. But when owner Humbrol’s plant was abandoned in 2006, the company’s Hawker Hunter mascot was left out in the cold.
Planes, trains and automobiles are three of the greatest – and most useful – inventions of the industrial era. But what happens when these heroic heralds of advancing technology become useless themselves? Some are simply forgotten while others are scrapped. But along the way, most go to vehicle graveyards.
Of all the derelict places littering the urban (and rural) landscape, industrial complexes are among the most prevalent. Shutting shop for myriad reasons, from changing economies to advances in technology, abandoned industrial buildings often hide fascinating histories and notable architecture, as seen on this visual journey through the South Fremantle Power Station.
Despite being places of healing and treatment, grim reality saw to it that many who came under the care of historic hospitals and insane asylums never saw the outside world again. Check out these chilling destinations in some online urban exploring.
Like theatres, cinemas and railway stations, historic swimming baths are important examples of civic architecture, illuminating a past epoch and the daily lives of its participants. But very few remain, and those that do are often abandoned. Moseley Road Baths is an exception, although the Gala Pool lies empty and the future remains uncertain.
Even top secret aircraft, known as black projects, require something as seemingly mundane as a patent. This one from the late 1970s is interesting. It looks like a classic “flying wing” design, albeit for a much smaller aircraft than the B2 Stealth Bomber. Hearsay suggests such a plane might actually be flying. Let’s take a look at the evidence.