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Urban exploration: derelict and abandoned urban, industrial and commercial locations. http://ontarioexploration.com
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai's iconic railway station – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 20

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai's iconic railway station – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 20 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
The old Victoria Terminus was the first truly public building in Bombay. So when it became a target of the 2008 terrorist attacks, what was violated was much more than just a railway station
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Reliving the Rana Plaza factory collapse: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 22

Reliving the Rana Plaza factory collapse: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 22 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
The overcrowded and poorly built complex became a symbol of global inequality when 1,134 people died to feed the world’s appetite for cheap clothing
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Vienna's Karl Marx Hof: architecture as politics and ideology - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 24

Vienna's Karl Marx Hof: architecture as politics and ideology - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 24 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
This mid-rise block of flats looked like a fortress years before it actually became a besieged holdout against the fascists in the brief Austrian civil war of 1934
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Manchester's Trafford Park, the world's first industrial estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 26

Manchester's Trafford Park, the world's first industrial estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 26 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
This five square mile stretch of meadow and deer park became the great arsenal of the second world war effort, and the brains and guts of industrialised Britain
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Beirut's bullet-riddled Holiday Inn - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 28

Beirut's bullet-riddled Holiday Inn - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 28 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
The once-plush hotel stands empty as a reminder of the city’s brutal civil war, while the surrounding districts are swept up in glitzy redevelopments
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Southdale Center: America's first shopping mall – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 30

Southdale Center: America's first shopping mall – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 30 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
The 1,100 malls Southdale inspired may be the epitome of car-bound consumerism – but this first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping centre was dreamt up by a socialist, pro-pedestrian Jewish refugee
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Warsaw's Palace of Culture, Stalin's 'gift': a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 32

Warsaw's Palace of Culture, Stalin's 'gift': a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 32 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Built by 3,500 Soviet workers after Poland’s capital was flattened by Nazi bombs, the building now stands as a contested symbol of the country’s complex past
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Havana's Habana Libre, pawn in Castro's battle against the US - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 34

Havana's Habana Libre, pawn in Castro's battle against the US - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 34 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Once a playground for American tourists, after Fidel Castro’s revolutionaries marched on Havana this grand Hilton hotel was recast as a symbol of changing allegiances and ideologies
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Yamoussoukro's Notre-Dame de la Paix, the world's largest basilica - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 37

Yamoussoukro's Notre-Dame de la Paix, the world's largest basilica - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 37 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
In Yamoussoukro, a small capital city surrounded by rainforest, the world’s largest basilica is a stark reminder of the former ruler’s selfish choices: expensive monument building first, nation-building second
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Canberra's Parliament House: a 'symbol of national identity' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 39

Canberra's Parliament House: a 'symbol of national identity' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 39 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Carefully integrated into the configurations of the land and stuffed to the brim with Australian pride, the Canberra Parliament Building represents the city’s development from remote bushland to a bold democratic capital
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Byker Wall: Newcastle's noble failure of an estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 41

Byker Wall: Newcastle's noble failure of an estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 41 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Ralph Erskine’s Grade II-listed council estate, built to replace the old Byker neighbourhood, is an examplar of design and public participation – and proof that it is rarely in the interests of people to demolish their original homes
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Learning from Seoul's Sampoong Department Store disaster – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 44

Learning from Seoul's Sampoong Department Store disaster – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 44 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
After a string of ill-considered decisions led to the collapse of Seoul’s luxury department store and the death of 502 people in 1995, the disaster continues to offers an important lesson to other cities urbanising at such an impressive pace
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Palestine's abandoned parliament – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 46

Palestine's abandoned parliament – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 46 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Started after Israel and the PLO signed the Oslo accords 20 years ago, the empty building now embodies the dashed hopes of the failed peace process
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Pruitt-Igoe: the troubled high-rise that came to define urban America – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 21

Pruitt-Igoe: the troubled high-rise that came to define urban America – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 21 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
From its fanfare opening in 1954 to its live-TV demolition three decades later, the St Louis public housing project remains a powerful symbol of the social, racial and architectural tensions that dogged America’s cities in the mid-20th century
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A former Shanghai 'comfort house' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 23

A former Shanghai 'comfort house' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 23 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
The Ximeng mansion – once used as a military brothel where occupying Japanese soldiers raped local women – is a bricks and mortar testament to Shanghai’s tumultuous 20th century history
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Levittown, the prototypical American suburb – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 25

Levittown, the prototypical American suburb – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 25 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
This postwar housing project’s mass-produced homes still stand as something more complicated than a monument to the glory – or bland conformity – of the American dream
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The Bilbao Effect: is 'starchitecture' all it’s cracked up to be? A history of cities in 50 buildings, day 27

The Bilbao Effect: is 'starchitecture' all it’s cracked up to be? A history of cities in 50 buildings, day 27 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Every struggling post-industrial city has the same idea: hire a star architect (like Frank Gehry) to design a branch of a famous museum (like the Guggenheim), and watch your city blossom with culture. After all, it worked for Bilbao ... didn’t it?
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Moscow's Narkomfin building: Soviet blueprint for collective living – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 29

Moscow's Narkomfin building: Soviet blueprint for collective living – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 29 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Shared living spaces and the emancipation of women from domestic drudgery were at the forefront of the Narkomfin’s groundbreaking design. So why was this building rejected almost as soon as it was completed?
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The tragedies of Mexico City’s Tlatelolco housing complex – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 31

The tragedies of Mexico City’s Tlatelolco housing complex – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 31 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Scene of the final brutal conquest of the Aztecs, the massacre of protesters ahead of the 1968 Olympic Games and the collapse of an entire housing block in the 1985 earthquake, Tlatelolco embodies Mexico’s painful history
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Johannesburg's Ponte City: 'the tallest and grandest urban slum in the world' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 33

Johannesburg's Ponte City: 'the tallest and grandest urban slum in the world' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 33 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
In an inner-city neighbourhood gradually shedding its crime-riddled skin, Ponte is a symbol of the renaissance sweeping South Africa’s commercial capital
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The first Starbucks coffee shop, Seattle - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 36

The first Starbucks coffee shop, Seattle - a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 36 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
When the now-infamous chain first opened its doors in Seattle on 30 March 1971, its sign bore not a green mermaid but a (more anatomically detailed) brown one, and its mission was purely to sell freshly roasted coffee beans
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Roppongi Hills: controversial blueprint for Tokyo's new breed of high-rise – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 38

Roppongi Hills: controversial blueprint for Tokyo's new breed of high-rise – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 38 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Replacing a traditional neighbourhood in the heart of Tokyo, Roppongi Hills combines modern city life with suburban elements to create a self-sufficient and (hopefully) disaster-proof community. But only for Japan’s 1%
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New York's twin towers – the 'filing cabinets' that became icons of America: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 40

New York's twin towers – the 'filing cabinets' that became icons of America: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 40 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Minoru Yamasaki’s radical towers are perhaps even more powerful symbols of New York City in their absence
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How Curitiba's BRT stations sparked a transport revolution – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 43

How Curitiba's BRT stations sparked a transport revolution – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 43 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
When Curitiba’s bus rapid transit stations were revamped in 1991, the futuristic glass-tube stops became a new symbol for the Brazilian city
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Norman Foster's Hong Kong HSBC headquarters tore up the rule book – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 45

Norman Foster's Hong Kong HSBC headquarters tore up the rule book – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 45 | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
With the handover of Hong Kong to Beijing looming, HSBC’s board wanted a prominent symbol of their bank’s political power. Norman Foster delivered, taking the 1960s dream of a plug-in, prefab city and making it real
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