Monthly Archives: November 2010

Castalla, Alicante, Spain

a view of the center of Castalla, a small city near Alicante

Castalla is a small city located in the inner province of Alicante, with a population of approximately 8,000 residents. In the center of Castalla there is a castle and the historic center all around it.
This part of the city has been abandoned over the years by the local administrations, leaving it in a state of ruin, without a special planning for its revitalization and rehabilitation. The different public administrations have built (during the years of spanish economical growth) new buildings outside the city and, in 2003, they also built some housing for foreigners.

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Abandoned Swimming Pool, Berlin, Germany


by Andrea Franceschi, an abandoned swimming pool in Berlin

An abandoned swimming pool in Seydlitzstrasse 6, Berlin: the area is temporally used as a camping, but may be german skaters can enjoy the place as well (only need to wait for the winter to end :-) ) !

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Colonia Novarese, Rimini, Italy

photo by Dan Dubowitz, a view of Colonia Novarese,an abandoned colonia in Rimini

Colonie are the modernist camps built by the Fascists in Italy in the 1920s and 30s to coltivate discipline and loyalty among the children of the urban poor. Many of these colonie, some of Europe’s best modernist buildings, have been abandoned since the 1940s and are now wasteland.

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Scorrano, Lecce, Italy

by Paolo Margari, an abandoned house in Scorrano (Lecce, Italy)

Abandoned building surrounded by a beautiful sunrise in Scorrano, a small village in Puglia, Italy. It seems like a small tower, may be for defense or for religious purpose: does anybody know anything about it?

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Falconara, Sicily, Italy

by Robyn Hooz, an abandoned house in Falconara (Caltanissetta, Italy)

Ruins of an old, abandoned house in the far south of Italy, Sicily. Standing in golden fields of corn, in front of an immense sea, a lonely witness of this land full of contrasts and contradictions. But absolutely beautiful.
Nobody wants to live here?

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Abandoned Mine, Rio Marina, Isola d’Elba, Italy

by Giacomo Beccari, an abandoned mine in Rio Marina, Isola d’Elba, Italy

The Elba island was well known from very ancient times for its iron resources and its valued mines: from the Etruscan in the 8th century b.C. to the modern civilization, iron have been extracted and, through the centuries, metallurgy business spread across the island, involving the local population in the working process. The steel market crisis during 80′s caused the closure of all the mines that are abandoned since then, like the one in the picture.

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Gutted Building, Madrid, Spain

by Giacomo Beccari, a gutted building waiting for interior reconstruction in Madrid, Spain

An example of possible living in plaza de San Ildefonso in Madrid, Spain: the old building has been gutted, the memory of his past is kept by the external skin and the inner part is realized completely from scratch.
A woman already lives there!! :-)

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Car Station, San Jon, New Mexico, USA

by Barbara Sambri, an abandoned car station along historical highway 66 in New Mexico

An abandoned car station along historical route 66 in San Jon (New Mexico), not far from the Texas border. This is one of the several abandoned buildings along north american highways: these buildings were perfectly working since a few decades ago, when Interstates were built (I40 in this case), in order to reduce distances between East and West Coasts.
These new roads didn’t cross the several small cities spread along highways and so many of these cities died because there were no more drivers needing assistance (does anybody remember ‘Cars‘ by Pixar?).
Recently, interest on the historical 66 and his monuments have become important and so several projects started in order to renew all the historical buildings along this legendary road.

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Police Station, Venaria Reale, Italy

by Davide Angeli, tree growing inside a police station in Venaria Reale

500 meters far from the Reggia di Venaria (the biggest and most luxurious Savoia’s Palace) I saw this semi-abandoned police station. The funniest thing is a small tree growing inside the building and passing through an open window in the first floor.

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Old cinema, Bigolino, Italy

by Ignazio Lambertini, a poor-liberty-dismissed cinema in Bigolino

Taken in August 2010 in Bigolino, along Piave river: it seems to be a poor-liberty-dismissed cinema.

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