Category Archives: ruins

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Airports, Airfields, Heliports & Landing Sites / related, ghostly images of abandoned wartime airbases / Bunkertours, no longer updated but hunkering down for eternity … Continue reading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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Surrounded

The City of Samba, a remarkable tilt-shifted film. See also Fuck Yeah Aerial Photography / paintings by Emil Robinson / Open the Tower, Lego deployed as an architectural sketchbook / a blog from William Wegman / Sannah Kvist has taken … Continue reading

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Tracking the decline

We are living in a trackable world. As well as the fascinating Flightrader24 site there’s also Marinetraffic.com, which parcels up the world into chunks of maritime movement. There may be more, but our favourite piece of realtime cartography is this … Continue reading

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Woods and patination

We’ve commented before on the relative paucity of pre-aged consumer electronics, in comparison to industries like guitar manufacturer, where patina is treated as a highly prized extension of craftsmanship (a post expanded upon at a456). As well as ‘artist-endorsed’ models … Continue reading

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Momentary lapses of attention

Unlike the steely, crisp documentation of momentary lapses of attention captured by Arnold Odermatt, photographer Diego Levy’s Choques project is far more visceral. This chronicle of traffic accidents in and around Buenos Aires is hypercoloured and violent (although there are … Continue reading

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Death and destruction

Mistakes we made along the way: thoughtwax on the slow death of blogging, channeling Jared Diamond. ‘I feel sorry for blogging. How could something so great just wither on the vine? There are vast prairies of abandoned blogs now. Without … Continue reading

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Down below

If only there existed a survey drawing of the Mole Man tunnels of Hackney. William Lyttle died in 2010 and his house is finally for sale, although it’s in a pretty parlous condition. One of London’s great modern myths, the … Continue reading

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The ongoing allure of the old

Our God is Speed picks up on our recent post on internet-induced nostalgia and the pervasive “fetish of the failed, forgotten and the marginal”, and how it might be informed by “a deeper sociological narrative, springing from a sense of … Continue reading

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How to design a time machine, a speculative fiction

Time travel is theoretically impossible (via this spirited MeFi discussion). But forget physics for a moment, or known physics at least, and suppose that time machines already exist. We just don’t know where they are. If one is still predisposed … Continue reading

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Triumph of the Visual

Elsewhere as a generator for here. ‘The Unknown Fields Division is a nomadic studio that will throw open the doors of the AA and set off on an annual expedition to the ends of the earth exploring unreal and forgotten … Continue reading

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