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A World Without People - In Focus

A World Without People - In Focus
For a number of reasons, natural and human, people have recently evacuated or otherwise abandoned a number of places around the world -- large and small, old and new. Gathering images of deserted areas into a single photo essay, one can get a sense of what the world might look like if humans were to vanish from the planet altogether. Collected here are recent scenes from nuclear-exclusion zones, blighted urban neighborhoods, towns where residents left to escape violence, unsold developments built during the real estate boom, ghost towns, and more. [41 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: A tree grows from the top of a chimney in an abandoned factory yard in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, on October 2 , 2011. A bust of Confucius rests at an abandoned workshop in the town of Dangcheng in Quyang county, 240 km (150 miles) southwest of Beijing, on December 7, 2011. Ivy grows over a street in Tomioka town, Fukushima, northeastern Japan, on August 19, 2011. Related:  Urban Exploration!

17 Abandoned Places Around The World That You Probably Didn’t Know About Abandoned cities — even buildings — capture our imagination. From their history to their current dilapidated state, they never fail to invoke the curiosity within us. Who lived there? Why is it abandoned? 1. German miners settled on this desolate place after finding that the area was rich in diamonds. Destination Truth had a “ghost hunt” and heard some eerie things in Kolmanskop. The town is now bathed with sand, with the grit filling up the first floor of some buildings. 2. Humberstone used to be a saltpeter refinery in northern Chile — it has since been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The closest city is located 48 kilometers (or roughly 30 miles) west of Humberstone. 3. Also known as Battleship Island, Hashima Island is approximately 9 kilometers (roughly 5.6 miles) off the coast of Nagasaki. The island was developed to mine coal and was bought by Mitsubishi in 1890. Hashima Island was completely left abandoned 1974 — after Mitsubishi formally closed the mines. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Learning from the slums (1/2):literature and urban renewal “Slumdog Millionaire” is the movie of the year. Its story of a young guy from Mumbai’s slum of Dharavi, who manages to change its destiny through the “Who wants to be a Millionaire” game has charmed many people, including the Oscars’ jury, who awarded the movie with 8 prizes. At the same time, the movie has created a debate around slums and how the movie portrays them. “Slumdog Millionaire” follows the mainstream vision of slums, described in the XIX century by writers like Daniel Defoe or Charles Dickens: dark, dirty places, with people packed in small rooms with no water facilities. In slums, riots are frequents, and police can hardly enter: the perfect place for criminals to hide and plan their threats to the society, and the perfect incubator for all sort of diseases. Dharavi walkway, (image: Flickr) Glasgow slum, 1871(image: Wikipedia) One of the first cities to enforce an urban renewal policy was Paris. Paris, quartier des Halles. Paris: a typical pre-Haussmann street. Rome.

Backpack Europe on Budget--Backpacking and travel info for budget travelers. Amazing Places To Experience Around the Globe (Part 3) Devetashkata Cave - Bulgaria Ben Bulben at County Sligo, Ireland Shark Island - Sydney Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Tannourine - Lebanon Abel Tasman National Park - New Zealand Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia - Greece Sichuan - China In The Gardens of Prague Castle Neist Point, Isle of Skye - Scotland Aiguill e du midi, Chamonix, France The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Texas, USA 4 Hands - Etretat, France Río Tampaón in San Luis Potosí -México Madeira, Portugal Six Senses Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan Méandre - En-Vau - Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) More Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1 - click here) More Amazing Places to Experience Around The Globe (Part 2 - click here ) Discovered a place we should include in Part 4 of Amazing Places? We'll be publishing Amazing Places as a book in late 2012

Turn a Photo into a Painting in Illustrator This before-and-after shows the evolution of a photo into an ink and paint illustration of the "invisible" restaurants at the corner of San Francisco's Mission and 18th streets. The food and culture blog has launched a San Francisco portal, and I've signed on to contribute an artist's food perspective on the endless hidden wonders of eating in this city. My first blog post focuses on one of the micro-hoods of San Francisco—actually, it's just a corner—that might look devoid of anything delicious and yet contains great eateries. In a process I call "compositional brainstorming," I combined multiple photos of the corner in Photoshop to construct an invented viewpoint I could use as a reference image. I saved it as a JPG file. I joined multiple photos in Photoshop to create an invented viewpoint that served as a reference image for my illustration. I opened Illustrator and chose File > Place, located the composited photo, enabled Template, and clicked OK.

Abandoned Buildings in New York City Hart Island The empty pavilion has a room filled with used shoes and a hall that has tree branches growing inside the building. There is also an empty, decrepit chapel that is creepy as they come. Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital Completely covered in white paint, the building is as beautiful as it is creepy. Beekman Palace 5 Beekman Street was built in 1882 and is the earliest surviving “fireproof” office building of the pre-skyscraper period. Loew’s 46th Street Theatre This abandoned theatre originally opened in 1927 and still has that jazzy aura intact in its architectural details underneath the rubble. 5pointz In a country where street art is still considered vandalism, 5pointz, the largest graffiti exhibit in the world, is very special to the world of aerosol artists. North Brother Island North Brother Island has been virtually untouched by humans since the sixties, when it housed a functioning psychiatric hospital. Gowanus’ Batcave Fort Totten Creedmoor State Hospital’s Building 25

Lagos / Koolhaas Lagos' population is expected to reach 24 million people by 2020, which would make it the third largest city in the world. Every hour, 21 new inhabitants set out to start a life in the city, a life that is highly unpredictable and requires risk taking, networking and improvisation as essential strategies for survival. Rem Koolhaas - winner of architecture's Nobel, the Pritzker Architecture Prize - is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard. For the past four years Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City have come to Lagos regularly to research the type of urban environment that is produced by explosive population growth. LAGOS / KOOLHAAS follows Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years as he wanders through the city, talking with people and recognizing the problems with water, electricity and traffic. For example, in most North American cities we grumble about the traffic and turn up the CD. "Highly Recommended!

Breathtaking World of Ice under a Frozen River (6 pics) There is a beauty that lies underneath the icy Tianuksa River in Leningradskaya Oblast, Russia. An otherworldly cavern of layered ice and glistening crystalline forming under the surface of the river. This phenomenon of a place was discovered by 55-year-old Russian photographer Yuri Ovchinnikov and his son completely by accident. Air gaps create a two foot gap allowing the brave explorers to carefully crawl into the cave in hopes that the ice would not crack beneath them. It is just one of the thousands of posts that we have on the

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