Urban Explorer and Photographer Dan Marbaix Takes Stunning Photographs of Abandoned Buildings Photographer Dan Marbaix is what is known as an "urban explorer." He travels from city to city, exploring abandoned houses, asylums, churches, state buildings and much, much more. He has been arrested over 20 times for his trespassing - and even held at gunpoint - but he refuses to give up his search for things that exist outside of the mundane. You'll see why. Dan wasn't supposed to be in ANY of these places, but you'll be glad he was.
AJBL - Westbourne Drive - NORD architecture Extensive local study and consultation with the Planning Authority resulted in a subtle but significant shift in the application of planning guidelines, allowing for an extension which is neither set back nor down from the original building. A monochrome palette and simple detailing defers to the brick, render and rosemary tiling of the original building, without subservience, again allowing for a singular, clear expression. New additions read assertively with the original house allowing the completed building to read as a whole, whilst the history of development is clearly legible. Internally there is a reversion to simplicity in new elements. Fixed glazing with frames recessed is allied to flush skirting and facing details to create a crisp and clutter-free backdrop to a young family’s many necessities.
NATO phonetic alphabet The NATO phonetic alphabet, more accurately known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet and also called the ICAO phonetic or ICAO spelling alphabet, as well as the ITU phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet. Although often called "phonetic alphabets", spelling alphabets are unassociated with such phonetic transcription systems as the International Phonetic Alphabet; instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet so assigned code words acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood despite language barriers or transmission static. International adoption NATO History
Haunting Photos of Europe's Abandoned Buildings, From Steel Plants to Castles The main hall of a steel plant office in France. "The most painful thing in this is to watch it crumble", says Hans. (All Photos: Hans van Vrouwerf) This photo essay is one of a five-part series with Atlas Obscura and Olympus.
9 Unique & Unusual Travel Destinations A big part of travel is that feeling you get when experiencing something completely new, something you haven't seen or done before. Many travel destinations offer an amenity or two that other places don't - but there are only a few locations in the world that offer a truly unique experience. Here are some places that could be a reference for your vacation. 1. Avenue of the Baobabs - Madagascar The Avenue of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar. Beds covered in moss, rubble strewn floors, crumbling German hotel left to rot for more than two decades Inhospitable: London photographer Andre Govia visited the abandoned hotel to capture the decay in a series of haunting pictures Dated: Time seems to have stood still inside the abandoned Plaza Hotel, located in Germany Its majestic dome still directed toward the heavens, now covered in graffiti and left to rust - inside the stunning abandoned astronomical observatory atop a Spanish mountain. Standing 2,605m above sea level in the region of Andalucia, the Mohon del Trigo observatory has been empty for nearly 40 years.
AJBL - Hackney Townhouse - ZS Architects (now amalgamated to form ZCD Architects) Complete refurbishment and extension of a late 1960s three-storey terraced townhouse. This project involved the complete refurbishment and extension of a late 1960s three-storey terraced townhouse. The existing building was completely stripped back, including removal of all the exterior PVC wall panels and windows, leaving only the integral brick walls. The brief was to create a large and special family home, with lots of natural light. The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth Just Might Give You Chills… The Ryugyong Hotel is a true display of North Korea’s madness. Work started on this 105 story hotel only a few years before a massive famine plagued the country. Abandoned for 16 years, work once again began in 2008, when it was coated in $150 million worth of glass. Foreign guests have reported that although the structure now looks complete on the outside, a lot of the interior is still abandoned and incomplete. dailymail.co.uk Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995.
Costa Concordia Today - Sunken Ship Pictures Courtesy of Jonathan Danko Kielkowski/White Press This month marks the four year anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster, in which the Italian cruise ship capsized and sank after striking rocks off the coast of Tuscany. The crash killed 32 passengers and the boat's captain, Francesco Schettino, was later found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail for abandoning the ship while it sunk. In July 2014, the boat was towed from its resting place off the island of Giglio to the port city of Genoa, where it will be scrapped. The move adds up to the most expensive maritime wreck recovery of all time, with salvage totaling £1.2billion, according to Daily Mail.
12 Most Amazing Bionic Buildings 12 Most Amazing Bionic Buildings sciencetech” /> This is a guest post written by Andy Boyd Have you ever pictured what the high-rise buildings of the future might look like? If so, you’re not alone. One 21st Century movement (among others) which may give an indication as to what future architecture will look like, is bionic architecture; a movement which is more in tune with the natural earth.