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Urban exploration: derelict and abandoned urban, industrial and commercial locations. http://ontarioexploration.com
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Cincinnati Built a Subway System 100 Years Ago–But Never Used It

Cincinnati Built a Subway System 100 Years Ago–But Never Used It | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
Interstate 75 slices the city of Cincinnati in half like an orange. On one side is the city’s Catholic working class west, while the east side is favored by...
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Chance to visit the disused Aldwych tube station

Chance to visit the disused Aldwych tube station | Modern Ruins | Scoop.it
UPDATED 4th September 2010 – special guided tours of the station will be available later this month, more details here. — Of the closed tube stations that litter the London...
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Concrete wastelands - rethinking the parking lot...

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Concrete wastelands - American parking lots should advance beyond being nothing more than concrete wastelands and become aesthetic spaces brought to life by good design.

First came mass mobilization, closely followed by the need for somewhere to put all of the cars. With 500 million spaces, the USA has significantly more parking spaces than US citizens – small wonder given that there are over 800 cars to every 1,000 inhabitants. The space-consuming demands of individual transport are integral to an infrastructure that is geared entirely toward the car. Shopping, office and recreational centers surrounded by highways and veritable oceans of parking space are an everyday part of the “American way of life”. 

But what can we do about it now? Do away with cars? And then spruce up these big gray parking lots? Debates on the issue are certainly gaining momentum in the USA. For example, international PARK(ing) Day, established in 2005 by the San Francisco-based design office “Rebar”. The initiative uses creative parking-lot happenings and alternative design projects to encourage reflection upon the urban infrastructure.

In the context of today’s approaches to urban planning, which increasingly take their cue from the concepts of community and sustainability (as exemplified by the “High Line” in New York or the rediscovery of flowing rivers and green areas in urban settings), something seems to have finally “clicked”, a turnaround in the remodeling of parking lots...


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What Shall We Do With The Old Tube Station?

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Shoreditch station in June 2006, its last day of operation. The entire cutting has been filled in to support the ramp for Overground trains between Whitechapel and Shoreditch High Street.

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