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Urban exploration: derelict and abandoned urban, industrial and commercial locations. http://wreckyratbird.com
Curated by Laura Brown
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Underground Saitama: Exploring Japan's Giant Drain

Underground Saitama: Exploring Japan's Giant Drain | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Looking to do something way, way off the beaten track? Take yourself on a tour that is so far removed from the usual tourist routes it’s underground. No really. Go play in a giant drain on the edge of Tokyo. […]
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pix.salutcava.fr

pix.salutcava.fr | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
We are explorer, not photographer. We use phone and gopro. All pictures are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 FR.
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That time NYC built a battleship in the heart of Union Square

That time NYC built a battleship in the heart of Union Square | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
In 1917 the U.S. Navy operated a full-size battleship in the heart of New York City.
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What Penn Station used to look like will make you weep with longing

What Penn Station used to look like will make you weep with longing | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
In 1910, when New York City transportation terminal Pennsylvania Station opened, it was widely praised for its majestic architecture. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it featured pink granite construction and a stately colonnade on the exterior. 
The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, was the largest indoor space in the city — a block and a half long with vaulted glass windows soaring 150 feet over a sun-drenched chamber. Beyond that, trains emerged from bedrock to deposit passengers on a concourse lit by an arching glass and steel greenhouse roof.
This may sound unfamiliar for present-day residents of New York City, who know Penn Station as a miserable subterranean labyrinth.
Laura Brown's insight:

I was in Penn Station once. Wish I had been able to see more of it. 

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Urbexpain - Urban Exploration in Spain

Urbexpain - Urban Exploration in Spain | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Página web de mayor referencia en España dedicada a la exploración de lugares abandonados 'urbex'.
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Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery

Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
New homes could be built on the site of a former day nursery in Lichfield.  The old Humpty Dumpty’s building on Cherry Orchard will be demolished and be replaced by seven properties if planners give the proposals the go-ahead.  The site is currently ...
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Italian photographer documents the ruins of former nightclubs across Italy

Italian photographer documents the ruins of former nightclubs across Italy | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Antonio La Grotta’s Paradise Discotheque is a series of images capturing the ruins and memories of former nightclubs and discotheques across Italy.

He photographed nine former nightspots as part of his...
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States of Decay by Daniel Barter

States of Decay by Daniel Barter | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
His images portray a real-life apocalypse, but 29 year old photographer Daniel Barter's pictures are taken at abandoned buildings of a bygone era across the world. His love for travel and exploration has...
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By The Silent Line

By The Silent Line | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Pierre Folk is the photographer behind this eerie photo series, By The Silent Line. Born in 1986 in Eastern France, Folk is currently based in Paris.

The series documents 160-year-old railway lines that...
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Detroit Then & Now: Artist combines historic photos of Detroit with pictures from today

Detroit Then & Now: Artist combines historic photos of Detroit with pictures from today | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
These stunning, if depressing, photographs of Detroit Then & Now have been created by photographer Flora Borsi to demonstrate the vast contrast between what was once a thriving metropolis compared...
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Abandoned Love: Truthful and private thoughts on love decorate love-lost homes

Abandoned Love: Truthful and private thoughts on love decorate love-lost homes | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Spreading the reality of love across her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, photographer Peyton Fulford captures colourful banners with truthful messages from the heart. Asking people from all over the world...
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By The Silent Line: Photographs of an abandoned railway line in Paris

By The Silent Line: Photographs of an abandoned railway line in Paris | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
One of the greatest vestiges of France's Industrial Revolution is La Petite Ceinture, a 32km disused and forgotten railway track that surrounds Paris. Captured on camera by photographer Pierre Folk, it's...
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Empire State Building daredevil photos will give you vertigo

Empire State Building daredevil photos will give you vertigo | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Your stomach will flip-flop as you peruse these historic photos of the Empire State Building's construction process.
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The Sydney Opera House: 10 years late and 1,457% over budget

The Sydney Opera House: 10 years late and 1,457% over budget | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
The messy saga behind an architectural icon.
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The vanished streets of Old Paris

The vanished streets of Old Paris | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Eugène Atget (1857-1927) took up photography because he felt he had failed as an artist. Beginning in 1898, he made it his mission to record the old streets of Paris. 
Atget saw himself as a documentary recorder, and actually described himself as an "author-producer.” The fact that many of his photographs were taken in quiet areas at dawn was not purely an artistic choice but a practical one: Atget's camera and photographic technique were outdated for the time, and required long exposures.  As a result he worked when streets were largely empty.
He recorded the shops, streets and architectural details of a Paris that would be swept away by modernization, begun by Georges-Eugène Haussmann on the instructions of Emperor Napoleon III in 1853. The program would not draw to a close until 1927.
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The Hidden Bolts that Drive Manhattan's Infrastructure Nerds Nuts

The Hidden Bolts that Drive Manhattan's Infrastructure Nerds Nuts | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
If you’re going to complete this quest, bring a GPS tracker or have a damn good internal compass. Comb the southern area of Central Park and keep your eyes...
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Abandoned Ship: Spacecraft Discovered in Huge Derelict Hangar

Abandoned Ship: Spacecraft Discovered in Huge Derelict Hangar | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Remarkably intact and beautifully documented by a Russian urban explorer, this space shuttle prototype rests in a massive above-ground graveyard at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, deserted due to the coll...
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Captured in Time - The History of Lewis's 5th Floor

Captured in Time  - The History of Lewis's 5th Floor | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Imagine an iconic department store in the 1950’s complete with hair salon, three restaurants and the epitome of contemporary interior design.
A bustling hub of activity at the centre of style and shopping...
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You can learn a lot about Detroit by seeing it from the air

You can learn a lot about Detroit by seeing it from the air | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape wherever he goes. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of...
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Artist Simon Hopkinson celebrates Bristol’s forgotten corners

Artist Simon Hopkinson celebrates Bristol’s forgotten corners | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
It sometimes takes an artist’s outlook to show you something different about the city you live in, revealing a curious, unconventional beauty in the spaces more often avoided. Over the past nine months...
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Photographer unravels the mysteries of forgotten places across Europe

Photographer unravels the mysteries of forgotten places across Europe | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
For photographer Matt Emmett, ‘no entry’ and ‘access strictly prohibited’ signs cause him to carry on wandering right into the midst of ‘danger’. They are common sights on fences around the perimeter of...
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Seeking patterns and symmetry amongst urban decline

Seeking patterns and symmetry amongst urban decline | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Born in Roubaix, France – photographer Pauline Araujo grew up in the northern region, sheltered from the stigmata of industrial decline, mired down by a different social setting. When she moved to Lyon...
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Lost Spaces

Lost Spaces | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
There's something distinctly beautiful, yet slightly creepy, about abandoned buildings. This photo series entitled Lost Spaces by photographer Peter Untermaierhofer strikes the perfect balance between...
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