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An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret | Colossal
"Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round. At some point in the early 2000s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species."
fish  dereliction  japan  shopping  via:viv 
july 2014 by kevan
Deserted Places: Empty billboards in Greece
"As turnover in retail trade has dropped by 54.6% since 2009, the advertising companies that own the billboards have suffered greatly from the economic crisis."
dereliction  signs  advertising 
april 2013 by kevan
Google Street View sends cameras into Namie, an abandoned town in Fukushima where once 21,000 people lived - Asia - World - The Independent
"For the first time since the disaster began, the town’s residents can see what they left behind – most have only been allowed back under police escort for a few minutes since March 2011 to pick up vital belongings."
photos  japan  dereliction 
march 2013 by kevan
GlitchHiker: the game that was programmed to die - Indie
"The source code isn’t available. What we have left is an executable that doesn’t run, because it’ll tell you it is extinct when you boot up the game."
games  dereliction 
september 2012 by kevan
The ASC: Spomenik—Jan Kempenaers and “The End of History” « John Bailey's Bailiwick
"Some of the Spomeniks show clear evidence of neglect, with underbrush and trees taking root around them. It is difficult to determine whether the piece shown above is a fallen fragment of a greater structure—or whether its concrete kindling tumble is its actual design."
architecture  war  history  dereliction 
april 2012 by kevan
Bloom: 28,000 Potted Flowers Installed at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center | Colossal
"The basement of the building was covered with 5,600 square feet of live sod, which was raked and watered throughout the day, and continued to grow."
plants  dereliction  demolition 
march 2012 by kevan
China's Abandoned Wonderland - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic
"Construction work at the park, which developers had promised would be 'the largest amusement park in Asia,' stopped around 1998 after disagreements with the local government and farmers over property prices."
photography  dereliction  china 
december 2011 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: Remnants of the Biosphere
"Watching something originally built precisely as a simulation of the Earth—the 2 in 'Biosphere 2' is meant to differentiate this place from the Earth itself, i.e. Biosphere 1—slowly taken over by the very forces it was naively meant to model is philosophically extraordinary: the model taken over by the thing it represents."
architecture  dereliction  ballard  photos 
january 2010 by kevan
English Russia » Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the unattended automatic lighthouses did [their] job for some time, but after some time they collapsed too." They were looted for scrap metal, including reactor shielding.
architecture  history  russia  pollution  dereliction  photos  via:warrenellis 
january 2009 by kevan
Thames Maunsell Forts::The Journey Out
"If you look out northwards out into the Thames estuary from the north Kent coast, on a clear day, two clumps of rectangular blocks can be observed. These are the Shivering Sands and Red Sands offshore forts that were built during the Second World War to counter attack enemy planes that were relying on the safety of the Thames estuary to come in to bomb London."
architecture  water  war  dereliction  via:diamond 
september 2008 by kevan
Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360)
A satisfying amount of terrain awareness, through beautifully derelict environments; shouldering up against thick stone walls, hiding behind thinner ones that won't stop a bullet, and ducking behind cover to recover your ambient, few-shot health gauge.
gamelog  4stars  war  weapons  terrorism  dereliction 
february 2008 by kevan
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Disappointing that turning-enemies-against-each-other is so minor, and that the ethical dilemmas are so narrow, but if I'm going to be playing the mighty System Shock 2 again, a beautifully derelict 1950s underwater dystopia is a great place to play it.
gamelog  4stars  apocalypse  cities  society  water  mutation  dereliction 
september 2007 by kevan
FlatOut 2 (PS2)
Stock-car driving game with a convincing amount of heft to its car collision physics, and wonderfully destructible scenery, virtually all of it collapsing into bouncing splints and chunks, instead of just stopping you dead.
gamelog  4stars  transport  dereliction  physics  simulation 
february 2007 by kevan
Eurogamer - First Impressions - S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
Very odd press event for a Chernobyl-set FPS, sounding a lot like they've just been paid to pretend they were there. "Unbelievably, we're no more than 200 metres from Reactor 4, the site of the worst nuclear accident in human history."
games  russia  pestilence  dereliction  apocalypse  mutation  weapons  via:levez 
november 2006 by kevan
Children of Men (2006)
Life costed in deaths. Another grimly picaresque pre-post-apocalypse, starting out from a magnificent near-future London (which I didn't even realise the film was set in, from the posters), spoiled by disappointingly generic-sci-fi advertising hoardings.
filmlog  4stars  apocalypse  children  london  dereliction  police  death  secrets 
october 2006 by kevan
The West Pier Dilapidation Trust
"What profit is to be made from the sight of half a million starlings wheeling gracefully above its stark outline? Where’s the revenue stream from a winter sunset blazing through the ancient cast iron?"
brighton  piers  dereliction 
october 2006 by kevan
A fake, sealed Prada boutique left to decay in the middle of nowhere. "The work will be located on the outskirts of Valentine, Texas near Marfa on desolate ranching land with no other visible trace of civilisation."
art  shops  dereliction  lies  via:wmmna 
august 2006 by kevan
Demonstration: Battersea Power Station, 26th June 2006
"BPSCG has called a demonstration to protest against Parkview's International's proposed demolition of Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys." Monday.
dereliction  architecture  london  via:mcios 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Luxury hotel, equestrian centre, cinema complex - welcome to the new Maze
"The 360-acre development [is] scheduled to include a 42,000-seat sports stadium, a multi-screen cinema, an upmarket hotel, restaurants, an indoor equestrian centre, an 'international centre for conflict transformation' and, possibly, an ice rink."
prison  architecture  dereliction 
may 2006 by kevan
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Excellent adaptation, of my memory of the book if not the actual book, which seems fitting enough. Maybe a bit light on paranoia and O'Brien, but a strong cast and fantastically austere and bombed-out scenery.
filmlog  4stars  politics  surveillance  history  lies  dereliction  love  war 
march 2006 by kevan
Hidden Glasgow Forums :: Subway pre- and during modernisation - in colour!
Beautifully derelict photos of the final days of the early Glasgow underground system, and of its subsequent refitting, from the late 1970s.
transport  dereliction  photos  via:qwghlm 
january 2006 by kevan
The Omega Man (1971)
The last gun-toting scientist in the world, versus a horde of Luddite Goth monks. Nicely emptily post-apocalyptic, but it's a bit too black and white and arbitrary, at times. And red all over. Why couldn't they make realistic stage blood in the 70s?
filmlog  3stars  apocalypse  science  pestilence  dereliction  weapons  technology  religion  via:lori 
november 2005 by kevan
Times Online: For Sale - Britain's Underground City
"The subterranean complex that was built in the 1950s to house the Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan's cabinet and 4,000 civil servants in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack is being thrown open to commercial use."
underground  history  architecture  cities  war  dereliction  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
De Montfort University - Demolition of the James Went Building
The paternoster still fills my dreams. "Initially, the concrete external cladding panels will be removed and this will be followed by the demolition of the main towers by use of a super long reach excavator."
dereliction  nostalgia  education 
october 2005 by kevan
The ghost village of Imber
Photos of a derelict Wiltshire village, requisitioned for military training during WW2. "The villagers were given a month to evacuate, and told they'd be allowed back when the war was over. They never were."
photos  dereliction  war  signs  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
Pedals and Paint - the City Beautification Ensemble
Spray-painting abandoned, half-eaten bicycles to transform them into street sculpture.
transport  paint  art  dereliction  via:holly 
june 2005 by kevan
The Tricolor Cars
Completely preposterous photos of a slice of the wreck of the Tricolor. I hadn't realised they'd got as far as cutting it up and hauling it out; I thought they'd just abandoned it, in the end.
transport  dereliction  metal 
june 2005 by kevan
MLA - Mobile museum funded by Renaissance is a huge success
'The Curiosity Shop', touring the north-east in a succession of abandoned shops. "The museum is built from scratch at each new location, then packed up again when the time comes to move to its next venue."
dereliction  shops  museums  via:foe 
may 2005 by kevan
Abandoned Amusement Park
The desolate, rusting, fogbound wreckage of a Japanese theme park, roller-coasters almost looking as if they were abandoned mid-ride. Presumably this is all down to bad Feng Shui.
japan  tourism  dereliction  photos  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
The Pianist (2003)
The slow fall and further collapse of Warsaw, through the eyes of a single victim escaping reluctantly through peripheral prisons, and chillingly non-fictional post-apocalyptic ruins. Perfectly stretched, and punctuated without cliché.
filmlog  5stars  war  history  dereliction 
april 2005 by kevan
Why Buildings Fall Down - Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori
The mechanics of collapse, layered with sufficient detail and insight and faint humour (it opens with the Tower of Babel) to support the heavy science. Includes a 2002-edition extra chapter on the factors of terrorism.
booklog  construction  architecture  science  dereliction  terrorism 
april 2005 by kevan
Kudzu Covered Houses in North Georgia
"Few houses are abandoned and allowed to be taken over by vegetation. However, in parts of the south including the city of Atlanta those that are, are susceptible to being engulfed by kudzu."
apocalypse  architecture  dereliction  photos  plants 
december 2004 by kevan
The Twentieth Century Society - Sound Mirrors, Greatstone, Kent
Giant, curved concrete walls, designed to focus and amplify the sound of approaching enemy aircraft in the 20s.
construction  dereliction  history  mirrors  sound  war 
october 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Chinese satellite smashes into house
"A giant parachute with a conical-shaped black 'top' was seen falling from the sky and landed through the roof of a villager's house in the Tianbeizi vegetable market area."
china  dereliction  litter  space 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Lost in the supermarket
Jacques Peretti, shopping at 3am. "At night, the customer is not always right. Not only is the customer not right, the customer is in the way, snagging himself on the tumbleweed of bubble wrap."
dereliction  shops 
october 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Bored artists paint dead tree red
"A pair of artists in Surrey have painted a dead oak tree bright red just for something to do."
art  dereliction  pointless  trees  wood  paint 
october 2004 by kevan
The Globe and Mail - Miner looks to sell B.C. ghost town
$7 million. ""When you are walking the streets, there is nobody around, and it really gives you a weird feeling like, 'Holy smokes!' " he said, adding that he loves racing through stop signs at top speed."
cities  dereliction  money 
september 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of ghost towns
Sinisterly, all the UK ones are in Norfolk and have either been "taken over by the army", or are under the sea.
cities  dereliction  world 
september 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of places with fewer than ten people
Ghost towns. "Some may be (almost) deserted, and others may be places where people work, but do not live."
cities  dereliction  world 
september 2004 by kevan
deadmalls DOT com
Reports and photos of abandoned and derelict US shopping malls. Very, very Dawn of the Dead. [via David Byrne introducing (Nothing But) Flowers, last night]
dereliction  photos  shops  zombies 
july 2004 by kevan
Daguerreotype of Rue Vavin, Paris
Destruction from the Siege and Commune of Paris, 1870.
architecture  dereliction  france  history  photos 
july 2004 by kevan
LRB | Reasons to be Miserable
Harsh and misplaced Russian cities: "The more centralised an empire, the more imagination is required: not just to visualise what might be made of a newly acquired territory, but to believe that the very remotest fringes exist as real places."
cities  dereliction  ice  politics  russia  society 
july 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | West Pier victim of summer storms
The concert hall collapsed into the sea a couple of days ago. The lone ticket booth at the back is still there.
brighton  dereliction  piers  weather 
june 2004 by kevan
Risky Buildings
Profiles and galleries of abandoned buildings; industrial through commercial into religious and recreational.
architecture  dereliction  photos 
june 2004 by kevan
When Dereliction is Better: West London reinvents itself as a pale shadow of Berlin
"I love it: the old, now silent, factories and wharfs, the rusting railway sidings, the buddleia sprouting from the walls and the birches shouldering through the pavements."
architecture  dereliction  london 
june 2004 by kevan
Gunkajima Photo Gallery
A small, Japanese coal-mining island, abandoned since 1974.
dereliction  history  japan  photos 
may 2004 by kevan
Derelict London
Great photos and research, terrible web site design.
dereliction  london  photos 
april 2004 by kevan

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