Thursday, August 25, 2016

The abandoned bathtubs of an Indian city

Gurgaon, is a relatively new and largely privately developed city in northern India and it is littered with bathtubs. A visitor can observe abandoned bathtubs, everywhere: On sidewalks, under trees, in piles of rubble, left at intersections. Some have been converted into plant pots while other have been used as storehouses by street vendors. 

Gurgaon resident Namrata Mehta explains on the site that bathtubs are being installed in all new houses and apartments in the city as they are considered "an epitome of luxury" and increase their rental or resale value. However, people who buy houses in Gurgaon are ensuring they fit their lifestyles and needs and they do so by replacing the tiles, kitchen walls, or toilets provided by the developer, with new ones.

And like that, new abandoned bathtubs end up in the streets of Gurgaon every day.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

An abandoned socialist textile factory in Hungary

This abandoned textile factory was co-founded in 1922 by Elberfelder Textilwerke and the Leipzig Kammgarnspinnerei Stöhr Co, in Budapest, capital of Hungary. The new industry, called Domestic Worsted Spinning and Weaving Factory Ltd., produced worsted wool of ultra-fine quality. The factory survived World War II with only a few direct bomb hits and later became the largest socialist wool plant in the country. 

The factory though didn't survive the fall of the Soviet Union. The textile business was privatized in 1990 and liquidated a few years later. Since then, some factory buildings have been rented by smaller enterprises. However, the large factory building has remained abandoned for years.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The abandoned fortified town of Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco

The town of Ait-Ben-Haddou was founded along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh in present-day Morocco. The fortified town dates from the 17th century and it's an example of earthen clay architecture, which is also used in Moroccan architecture

Ait-Ben-Haddou's giant fortification is made up of six forts (Kasbahs) and nearly fifty palaces which are individual forts. The town contains a mosque, two cemeteries (Jewish and Muslim) and a public square. Most reports mention that only 2-8 families live in the ancient city today while most of the population live in a nearby modern village.

Ait-Ben-Haddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Several films and tv series have been shot there including Oedipus Rex, Jesus of Nazareth, The Jewel of the Nile, The Last Temptation of Christ, Gladiator, Babel, Prince of Persia, and Game of Thrones.

* Ait-Ben-Haddou has also been transliterated in English as Aït Benhaddou, Ait Benhaddou, Aït-Ben-Haddou, Ath Benhadu. 

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Inside the abandoned Nazi Olympic village of Berlin

The 1936 Berlin Olympics hosted in Nazi Germany was home to the first permanent Olympic village in history, which today is the oldest one to be partially still standing.

Built in Wustermarkin the west edge of Berlin, the Olympic village hosted about 4,000 athletes from all over the world, guarded by men in Nazi uniforms. The athletes were impressed by the village, as each house had its own steward and there had never been a swimming pool before at an Olympic village.

Inside the "Restaurant of the Nations", the main eating hall, the athletes consumed 100 cows, 91 pigs, over 650 lambs, 8,000lb of coffee, 150,000lb of vegetables and 160,000 pints of milk during the 3 weeks of the Games. However, no alcohol was not served as Hitler himself was a teetotaler.

After the Olympics, the Olympic village became a hospital during World War II and with the fall of Nazi Germany it was captured by Soviet troops. The Soviets used it as a base for SMERSH torturers and KGB interrogators. Inside the main amphitheater a drawing of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin overlooks the room where functions and cultural shows were held.

When the Soviets forces abandoned it in 1992, only 25 of the 145 original buildings of the Olympic village were still standing - including the crumbling swimming pool, gym, theater and dining hall. For the next 20 years the village fell in disrepair with most Germans ignoring it due to its connection with Nazism.

Its new owner however, DKB Bank, decided to restore it as an exhibition space. One part that was restored first was the original room of black American athlete Jesse Owens -No 5, in block 39- who became the star of the Games when he won 4 gold medals in front of Hitler, a man that considered him inferior because of his color.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tiki Palace: An abandoned Playboy mansion in Tennessee

The Tiki Palace party mansion was built in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1972 by strip-club tycoon Bully Hull. A Playboy bunny shaped swimming pool just off the main entrance is the focus of the 5,600 sq foot 3-bedroom mansion.

The Tiki Palace mansion fell into disrepair when its owner was nicked for income tax evasion. He was later convicted of hiring an assassin to kill his wife's lover, a crime which landed him a 20-year prison sentence. 

Recently the mansion has been ravaged by vandals who have smashed its interior which had remained almost intact since Tiki Palace would host parties in the 70's and 80's. 

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Beijing's abandoned Olympic venues

To host the 2008 Summer Olympics, China constructed 12 new venues as well as eight temporary ones. Although Beijing received international accolades for its new architectural icons, many venues fell in disrepair after the games as there were no plans for future use.

The largest venue, Beijing's Olympic Stadium, known as 'Bird's nest' costed $471 million to be built which might take China 30 years to pay off. Even though there are plans for it to be used for the 2022 Winter Olympics, again hosted in Beijing, it hasn't been used much since the Olympics. Meanwhile, the Water Cube, as Beijing National Aquatics Center was nicknamed, lost about $1 million in 2011 even after public financial assistance and the addition of a water park.

At the same time, many other venues, like those for kayaking, beach volleyball, BMX, and baseball have been sitting untouched since 2008. In photos, taken the years after the Games, signage and landscaping appear to have gone without maintenance since the closing ceremonies.

Beijing followed in the footsteps of other Olympic cities like Athens and Sochi where sport venues have remained abandoned following the games due to lack of planning. 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The film set of the abandoned town of Spectre from Tim Burton's Big Fish

Those of you who've watched Tim Burton's Big Fish remember the town of Spectre, where everyone tossed their shoes on a clothesline so they could walk around barefoot forever. When Ewan McGregor ends up there, he decides he can’t settle, vows to come back, and leaves to return years later when the town is abandoned.

To bring Spectre to live, Tim Burton chose a small island which stretches over Jackson Lake, near the town of Millbrook, Alabama. After filming ended, the production didn't tear down the film set. Although most of the film set has collapsed after years of neglect, part of the "abandoned" town with its fake houses and even some fake trees is standing on the island till this day.

The film set is on a private land. The owner allows curious visitors to take a look around the set or even camp on it after paying a fee.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Inside Washington Coliseum, where the Beatles gave their first concert in the US

Washington Coliseum is widely known as the venue where the Beatles gave their first concert in the United States. In its 75 years of history it has hosted a wide array of performances and athletic events, including ice skating, martial arts, ballet, music, circuses, and speeches until it then became a jail, a waste management facility and a parking lot.

Washington Coliseum opened in February 1941, as Uline Ice Arena built by Miguel L. "Uncle Mike" Uline for his hockey team, the Washington Lions. The first act was Sonja Henie's Hollywood Ice Revue while one of its first events was a pro-America rally designed to promote U.S. entry in World War II, just weeks before Pearl Harbor.

The arena was renamed Washington Coliseum in 1960 after it was bought by jewelry wholesaler Harry G. Lynn. It then became the basketball court for Washington Capitols where Earl Lloyd became the first African American athlete to play in the NBA. 

In 1964 the Beatles gave their first concert in the US, less than 48 hours after their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 8,092 fans attended the event with the Beatles playing for approximately 40 minutes. Concerts in the arena were banned in 1967 after a riot during a performance by The Temptations

Between 1969-1970 Washington Coliseum hosted a sport event for the last time, becoming the home of Washington Caps. In 1971 it was briefly turned into a makeshift jail for up to 1200 male and female prisoners arrested during the 1971 May Day Protests against the war in Vietnam.

From 1994 to 2003 the Washington Coliseum served as a trash transfer station by Waste Management, the company that handles trash disposal for the District of Columbia. Then, Waste Management applied for its demolition, however in 2007 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places

In 2015, Outdoor retailer REI announced that Washngton Coliseum will be redeveloped and will be turned into their fifth flagship store with additional office and retail space for other businesses. 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

This photographer went inside Fukushima's nuclear disaster exclusion zone

Five years after the devastating 8.9 magnitude Japan earthquake and tsunami, as well as the nuclear disaster that followed, Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong sneaked inside the Fukushima exclusion zone with his friends to take photos of what's left behind.

Since April 22, 2011, an area within 20km (12.4miles) radius of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power was quickly evacuated and cordoned of to public. Residents abandoned it quickly taking only necessary items and leaving behind clothes inside washing machines and supermarket shelves filled with goods, even luxury items.

Even though the photographer was wearing a gas mask to protect himself from the contaminated air, he said he could still feel his eyes burning. He had only a few hours to spend inside the red zone, which he entered at 1am to avoid the police. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Romania's abandoned Casino Constanta

Built in Consțanta, one of Romania's most historic cities, Casino Contanța was commissioned by King Carol I around 1900 and inaugurated in August 1910. For the next 80 years it gathered the country's wealthy as well as international jet setters. Built in Art Nouveau style by Romanian architect Petre Antonescu, the casino overlooks the Black Sea and has become a symbol for the city. 

During World War II, Casino Constanta was used as a hospital and was later refurnished as a restaurant. After many years of operation, though it was considered too expensive to maintain. After passing hands several times over the years, it closed down in 1990 and has remained abandoned and in disrepair ever since. However, it was declared a historic monument by the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs of Romania and remains well-guarded. 


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