Abandoned Architecture: Deserted Buildings of the World

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Sanzhi, Taiwan, Photo by Alexander Synaptic, Image Source bt-images.net

Sanzhi, Taiwan, Photo by Alexander Synaptic, Image Source: bt-images.net

It’s the end of the year, and as is so often the case with us humans, we embark on a frenzied bout of action to rid ourselves of the old and start fresh in the new year. Now, I’m not for one second knocking this (I myself am a banner girl for new-year-new-beginnings philosophy, but sometimes it is quite a meditative and calming exercise to: PAUSE… and reflect on the old before setting out on a new course.

Perhaps this is why my attention was grabbed by a post that featured a host of beautiful and abandoned buildings discovered on Beautiful Images. So here they are in alphabetical order:

Detroit City in Michigan (USA) Image via Flickr, Source bt-images.net

Detroit City in Michigan (USA), Image via Flickr, Source bt-images.net

Detroit City in Michigan (USA), Photo by Memories by Mike, Image Source bt-images.net

Detroit City in Michigan (USA), Photo by Memories by Mike, Image Source: bt-images.net

Detroit City… Boom-town of the east coast USA and home of the American muscle car in the 70s. It’s a city forged in and by the steel industry and the manufacturing of cars; but the days of building steel things are passed – and with it the glory of this city. With its decline came the ubiquitous, abandoned high-rise buildings and forlorn city-scapes that now characterize its vistas.

Gary City in Indiana, Image Via Flickr, Source bt-images.net

Gary City in Indiana (USA), Image Via Flickr, Source: bt-images.net

Gary City in Indiana (USA), Methodist Chruch, Photo by Joe Lax-Salinas, Image Source bt-images.net

Gary City in Indiana (USA), Methodist Church, Photo by Joe Lax-Salinas, Image Source: bt-images.net

Another American city forged by steel is Gary (Indiana), which was founded in the twentieth century. At its height, the population peaked at 178,320 (in 1960), but now the population has dropped by 55% to just 80,290. (bt-images.net)

Pripyat in Ukraine, Photo by Timm Suess Image Source bt-images.net

Pripyat in Ukraine, Photo by Timm Suess Image Source: bt-images.net

Tchernobyl in Ukraine, Photo by Charlie Haselhoff, Image Source bt-images.net

Tchernobyl in Ukraine, Photo by Charlie Haselhoff, Image Source: bt-images.net

A slight alphabetical muddle here – Pripyat is an abandoned city in northern Ukraine, which is very close to Tchernobyl (“Chernobyl”) – deserted due to nuclear radiation. Pripyat had a population of 49,360 before being evacuated after the nuclear disaster in 1986.

Shanjhih Pod City in Taipei, Photo by Carrie Kellenburger, Image Source bt-images.net

Sanzhi Pod City in Taipei, Photo by Carrie Kellenburger, Image Source: bt-images.net

Shanjhih Pod City in Taipei, Photo by Chao-Wei Juan, Image Source bt-images.net

Sanzhi Pod City in Taipei, Photo by Chao-Wei Juan, Image Source: bt-images.net

And last, but certainly not least, is Sanzhi Pod City in a rural district in the northern part of Taipei City. Envisioned in 1978 as a complex of upscale leisure in this city, the real-estate developer ran out of money in the 1980s. So now these futuristic, UFO-pod-like structures in a rainbow of colours will in due course become fodder to urban sprawl and new developers… But while they stand, they are strangely and uniquely beautiful!

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