Category Archives: ruins

Cheery thoughts

Modern life is rubbish, part 78. Britain’s Idyllic Country Houses Reveal a Darker History. An excellent piece on the National Trust’s struggles with context and interpretation, in the face of vocal opposition from people who are seemingly desperate to avoid … Continue reading

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Scanners

Song Work: ‘Capturing the disappearing sounds of the workplace‘ / Crazy About Magazines / gaming mags at the Out of Print Archive / Wild Patterns, a website for ‘Dreamed Out Music / Vintage Obscura, streaming obscure music from around the … Continue reading

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The Hill of Shame

Not that hill. A People’s Architecture, Owen Hatherley on Elain Harwood’s new book Mid-Century Britain, a plaintive, puzzled cry of loss for ‘a new world that was light, optimistic and without angst, a carefree vision of a society devoted to … Continue reading

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Rising up above it all

A great glass elevator for Battersea Power Station by WilkinsonEyre. See also (because we love trotting this one out): The sad story of Battersea Power Station: a graveyard of architectural visions, together with a gallery / speaking of ruins, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: … Continue reading

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On the beach

Abandoned Russia, complete with links to Google map locations / see also this trip to an abandoned submarine base in Broutona Bay, in the Kiril Islands / manufactured cats at Aaronland / woodcuts by Michael Renton / could it really … Continue reading

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Ashes to ashes

The Decline of Snapchat and the Secret Joy of Internet Ghost Towns (via Laura Olin’s List). Related, the Last Days of Club Penguin and Exploring The Digital Ruins Of ‘Second Life’ / there are 487 electric car manufacturers in China … Continue reading

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The right to roam

The rise of the ‘walking simulator‘ suggests virtual tourism is a thing, albeit a thing in its infancy. The most intensive and sophisticated virtual worlds tend to be those created as the backdrops for big budget games, so the news … Continue reading

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Under the bridge

Drokk: Music inspired by Mega City One, by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (who also soundtracked Ex Machina and Annihilation) / a heavy metal restaurant / beautiful little animations of voxellated catastrophes by ultek85 / photographic projects by Jason Eskenazi … Continue reading

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Ruined forms

Casa Sperimentale, by Giuseppe Perugini, at Architizer and Dear Magazine, where these photos by Marco Ponzianelli were published. One of the internet’s favourite bits of ‘lost Brutalism’. See also the Visual News essay by Oliver Astrologo / twisted pop, slowed … Continue reading

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Abandoned pasts and futures

What are some ‘documentaries made in the past about a future that has already gone?’ / see also The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art, via Coudal /Inside the Last Three Restaurants of London’s Forgotten Chinatown (at that’s). See … Continue reading

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Take me down

Doomsday prep for the super-rich, a depressing read about bunker culture of the non-golfing kind (via kottke). Plenty of statistics to assault your eyes and decency: “Twenty-five hedge-fund managers make more money than all of the kindergarten teachers in America … Continue reading

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On the Beach

The modern ruin is the perfect trope of the technological era, a perfect blend of nostalgia, retro utopianism and brutal schadenfreude. There can be few more complete composites of these elements than Dellis Cay, a proposed development of starchitect-designed villas … Continue reading

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Corridors of power, working in ruins

Things that have been lost or ignored: Forgetify. Work your way through the millions of unplayed Spotify tracks / Kickended. Bask in the schadenfreude of the Kickstarter projects that never got off the ground / Petit Tube, which purports to … Continue reading

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Chocks away

The UK’s lost, abandoned and obscure control towers / aerial views of UK Active & Disused Airports, Airfields, Heliports & Landing Sites / related, ghostly images of abandoned wartime airbases / Bunkertours, no longer updated but hunkering down for eternity … Continue reading

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Printed pause

Yet another shape for future magazines, House takes the meat of House & Garden magazine and splices it with a Pinterest-y scroll of nugget-sized article. Against the increasingly homogenised view of publishing that is emerging from this model, lovingly curated … Continue reading

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Monuments to a ruined age

The Japanese island of Hashima regularly crops up in online discussions of the ruins of the industrial age. A rocky island, ‘populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility,’ it’s featured regularly in documentaries and photographic essays, the … Continue reading

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The Secret Garden

The tale of a secret theatre in Berlin, discovered by one Dirk Moritz of the Moritz Gruppe and posted at Design Porteur. From the site: ‘An old cabaret theatre from the roaring ’20s has been uncovered in the heart of … Continue reading

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Making our way through landscapes, digital and otherwise

We cited artist Mary Flanagan a while ago. Flanagan’s Borders project, ‘video documentation of a series of walks, conducted virtually in popular, shared online multi-user worlds. The rendered landscape is beautiful and hypnotic and we are transported directly into [Henry … Continue reading

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Up in the air, down on the ground

Luc Grateau makes miniature portraits on subway tickets / Peter Menzel’s Material World project invites the subjects to be photographed with their possessions (buy the book) / Budgies in Space, sending knitted toys into the upper atmosphere for charity / … Continue reading

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Ghost towns and space ships

Ordos: The biggest ghost town in China. A swift transition from flagship real estate project and design utopia, we’ve touched upon Ordos in recent posts, most notably over Ai Weiwei’s documentary about Ordos 100, the city’s stalled super-community of European … Continue reading

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