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Magnificent Decay: Detroit by Drone | Autopia |
"Urban ruin porn has gotten so ubiquitous it’s morphed into a dedicated genre, and no other city seems to garner the attention of amateur shooters cataloging a metropolis’ decline more than Detroit. But how do you take it to the next level? Cue the drones.

YouTube user Tretch5000 took to the skies to show the beauty and blight of one of the U.S.’ former industrial hubs, flying his modified quadrocopter with an HD camera over abandoned homes and factories, the majestic Michigan Central Station and the lush grounds of Belle Isle nestled within the Detroit river.

It’s an eclectic mix of modern and decayed Detroit, blending the new with the old, all while showing off Tretch5000′s FPV flying skills. We’re suitably smitten, and would like to hear more about his quadrocopter setup."
urbandecay  drones  detroit 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Hashima aka Gunkanjima: Photos of desolate Battleship Island off the coast of Japan | Mail Online
"Deserted, decaying and crumbling into the sea. Visitors to this abandoned settlement could be forgiven for thinking they had entered a long-forgotten war zone.

However, this is Gunkanjima - Japan's rotting metropolis. And it has been described as the most desolate place on Earth.
Gunkanjima is a deserted island of concrete that is slowly crumbling away on Japan's west coast.

Meaning 'Battleship Island' in English, Gunkanjima's real name is Hashima and it is one of 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture, about 15 kilometres from Nagasaki itself. It earned its nickname due to its resemblance to a military warship."
decline  urbanprarie  photography  hashima  nagasaki  2012  ruins  urbandecay  japan  gunkanjima 
april 2012 by robertogreco
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone |
"Twenty-five years after the Soviet-era meltdown drove 60,000 people from their homes in the Ukraine, a rebirth is taking place inside the exclusion zone. With Geiger counter in hand, the author explores Europe's strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted postapocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge."
chernobyl  biology  nature  future  worldwithoutus  urbanprairie  urbandecay  2011  resilience 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Next American City » Buzz » Richard Florida’s Monorail
"MacGillis quotes Florida: “We can confer subsidies on places to improve their infrastructure, universities, and core institutions, or quality of life, [but] at the end of the day, people—not industries or even places—should be our biggest concern. We can best help those who are hardest-hit by the crisis, by providing a generous social safety [net], investing in their skills, and when necessary helping them become more mobile and move to where the opportunities are.”

"What it reminded me of most, sadly, was the episode of The Simpsons, in which Springfield gets a monorail." [Explained.]

"Though he spends the rest of the book waxing philosophical on motorcycle repair, Crawford does touch on economics from time to time, and he raises some damning points. In essence, he points out that in the race to make our workforce more and more skilled in the “knowledge economy” we have forgotten entirely about the value, both economic and cognitive, of the skilled trades."

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adamgreenfield  richardflorida  urban  urbanism  creativeclass  socialsafetynet  mobility  education  reeducation  mindchanges  shopclassassoulcraft  crisis  recession  urbandecay  urbanplanning  socialprograms  policy  monorails  snakeoilsalesmen  alanbinder  matthewcrawford  thesimpsons  mindchanging 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Visual archive - Artificial Owl
"The most fascinating abandoned man-made creations + Their story & location"
urbandecay  art  architecture  history  photography  environment  decay  abandoned  aircraft  graveyard  shipwrecks 
april 2009 by robertogreco
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
"Now, as for centuries, tourists behold those ruins with awe and wonder. Yet today, a vast and history laden ruin site passes unnoticed, even despised, into oblivion. Come, travel with me, as I guide you on a tour through the fabulous and vanishing ruins of my beloved Detroit."
detroit  urbandecay  urbanexploration  demolition  photography 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Detroit Wildlife on Vimeo
"Detroit Wildlife is a taster video to find a production in France. I shot it this summer 2008. Detroit was known to be the city of car industry, with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler : Motorcity, the city of the Big Three...
detroit  collapse  urbandecay  urbanprairie  documentary  film  wildlife  landscape  cities 
january 2009 by robertogreco
The Tidy Germans Visit Modern Detroit | Beyond the Beyond from
"You know, Europe is full of towns that were bombed to pieces by huge shiny aircraft made in Detroit, and nowadays those towns generally look pretty perky. Perkier than Detroit, anyhow. Sometimes you really have to wonder about mankind." points here:,1518,599988,00.html
detroit  bigthree  urbandecay  brucesterling 
january 2009 by robertogreco
The Motor(less) City
"Detroit’s got problems. That’s not new. The question is how to tap into the potential, if any, that remains. How can Detroit, and Michigan, bring out the best in our creative, highly trained and skilled workers, stem the population loss, convince our students to get an education, and make a change from a largely industrial economy, into something else? Detroit’s had a “renaissances” at least twice in the past. One in the late 70’s, hence the Renaissance Center, and again in the late 90’s, when condos and lofts began to pop up all over the city. When will Detroit’s real renaissance occur? And how can we make it happen faster?"
detroit  redevelopment  urbandecay  architecture  photography  blogs 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - Follow Up: Jane Cooper School
"Everywhere I bring that dog in Detroit, older black people approach me and say in a Southern drawl, "He's a birddog, huh?" We get to talking and it turns out that decades ago they moved up here from rural North Carolina or someplace like that. They tell me stories of hunting birds back there with tick-coated dogs like mine, and they tell of how they moved up to Detroit because of the promise of a good job with a good wage and then they inevitably tell me how many years they worked on the line before they were laid off. Sometimes they even have children who've moved to Charlotte or Atlanta for jobs. All we need to do is look around us to know where their story will end: someplace not so different from where it began, in a quasi-rural landscape of poverty and hopelessness, where birddogs trill at the stacatto of a pheasant's wings echoing off the ruins."
detroit  cycles  poverty  urbanprairie  decay  urbandecay 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - Open Campus
"There will never be classes here again. This building, like so many of the students who passed through it, has no hope. All will be rubble soon. When I showed these photos to my wife she asked, "Don't you wonder if any of the scrappers live by some sort of code---that some of them wouldn't scrap a school, or take playground equipment out of the ground?"
detroit  schools  urbandecay  scrappers  scrapmetal 
october 2008 by robertogreco
sevensixfive: Invasive Species
"This project takes the detritus from the constant construction and destruction of Baltimore's built environment into the park to form new patterns and structures embedded in the ground like reverse archaeology"
art  architecture  installation  urban  geometry  decay  baltimore  landscape  ecotopia  environment  visualization  cities  urbanism  urbandecay  glvo  invasivespecies  fredscharmen 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Tokyo Fantasy: Images of the apocalypse ::: Pink Tentacle
"These fantastic photoshopped images by Tokyo Genso (Tokyo Fantasy) show a post-apocalyptic Tokyo overtaken by nature."
japan  illustration  scifi  tokyo  fantasy  worldwithoutus  urbandecay  ecotopia  dystopia 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Forgotten Detroit
"Detroit is known for one of the most stunning collections of pre-depression architecture in the world. The past two decades have seen several of these treasures sit vacant, waiting for economic revival. On these pages you will find information about the past, present, and future situations of a few of these landmarks. It is my hope that this information helps you gain an appreciation for the importance of both the history and continued survival of these buildings."
urban  cities  detroit  urbandecay  photography  buildings  architecture  history  urbanexploration  demolition  ruins 
august 2008 by robertogreco
In the Capital of the Car, Nature Stakes a Claim - New York Times
"After decades of blight, large swathes of Detroit are being reclaimed by nature. Roughly a third of this 139-square-mile city consists of weed-choked lots and dilapidated buildings. Satellite images show an urban core giving way to an urban prairie."
detroit  2003  urbanprairie  urbandecay  urban  nature  ecotopia  farming  agriculture 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Surprise from the streets: Art! | | Detroit Free Press [via:]
Not sure why this one wasn't marked last year..."Art is one of the last things outsiders associate with Detroit. But drive the streets and you quickly realize the city possesses an energetic, grassroots creative class that not only spreads color, whimsy and provocation across the landscape, but also serves as an engine of redevelopment."
detroit  art  design  urban  urbanism  cities  gentrification  optimism  future  green  collapse  urbandecay  archaeology  planning  architecture  ecotopia  postindustrial  urbanreclamation 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Metropolis POV » A Walk in the Park(s) [via:]
"Two of the most exciting developments I saw in Detroit also embrace the city’s grit, but in much more intriguing ways. The Dequindre Cut is a one-mile remnant of a commuter rail line that ran from the suburbs into downtown until the early 1980s...Up the road is the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Located in an old automobile dealership, MOCAD sports a few requisite art gallery trappings—funky doors, sans serif signage, an organic cafe—but architect Andrew Zago eschewed any major renovations of the cavernous space."
detroit  urban  urbanism  cities  gentrification  optimism  future  green  collapse  urbandecay  archaeology  planning  architecture  design  ecotopia  postindustrial  urbanreclamation 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Detroit, the American Torino | Beyond the Beyond from
"Creatives living like mice in the unsustainable ruins of 20th century industrialism. But maybe mice is the wrong metaphor. There's so much *green* here that it's starting to look like giant strangler-figs rising and cracking the sidewalks. The natives of Detroit and Torino have already been through the grinding hell of decline that's awaiting your city, which is why I consider them natives of the future. Living in the rubble of Henry Ford the way Italians live in the rubble of the Roman Empire."
detroit  torino  turin  cities  gentrification  optimism  green  collapse  urbandecay  urban  urbanism  archaeology  planning  architecture  design  future  ecotopia  postindustrial  urbanreclamation  brucesterling 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - It will rise from the ashes [on the photos of the abandoned Detroit Public Schools Book Depository]
"Can decay be something more than sentimental? Can it ever be beautiful? Can it just be respected for what it is, and not further corrupted by our emotions? And what is it that draws us to ruination? Why do some of us find it so compelling?"
urbandecay  detroit  education  books  government  history  photography  urbanism  urban  urbanexploration  urbanprairie  decay  architecture  archaeology  dystopia  exploration  schools  publishing 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - The knowledge of what happened, and what will
"The reaction I have received to my photos of the current state of the Detroit Public Schools book depository/Roosevelt Warehouse...felt compelled to find out what actually happened before I laid the blame at their feet."
urbandecay  detroit  education  books  government  history  photography  urbanism  urban  urbanexploration  decay  art  libraries  schools  politics 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Ballardian: the World of J.G. Ballard » The Light-Painter of Mojave D: An Interview with Troy Paiva
"When I was 13 my family went on a road trip...I wandered that town alone for hours, slack-jawed at the thought that people would just walk away from furnished houses and businesses, a whole city, and never come back. I was hooked for life."
urbandecay  urbanexploration  exploration  photography  tonypaiva 
june 2008 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: Night Vision
"What new sorts of cultural hauntings exist, then, in the desert Gothic, where the past never manages to fade and we're left staring at a whole world of things that were supposed to disappear?"
bldgblog  urbandecay  photography  urban  troypaiva  us 
june 2008 by robertogreco

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