Our Modern Ruins

By Todd Lappin | Where the future falls back to Earth.

Abandoned Fishing Village in China Reclaimed by Nature

In the mouth of the Yangtze River off the eastern coast of China, a small island holds a secret haven lost to the forces of time and nature–an abandoned fishing village swallowed by dense layers of ivy slowly creeping over every brick and path. Houtou Wan Village is located on Gouqi Island, which …

China

Bavarian Meatball

Mothballed Launch Sites Stand as Monuments to the US Space Program

Roland Miller spent 25 years photographing spent NASA sites. Now, the images are brought together in a new bookContinue reading on Medium »

Exploration

Crazy and Daring, These Concrete Soviet Bus Stops are Tributes to their Unknown Designers

From Brutalism to sheer whimsy, a new book surveys hundreds of unique public structures raised beyond the Iron Curtain<p>These are not your standard …

Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski travelled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last month to see the location with his own eyes. …

Nuclear

This Giant Abandoned Soviet Spaceship Made of Wood Looks Like the Ultimate Children’s Playground Feature

While exploring an abandoned corner of the Zhukovsky airfield (Ramenskoye Airport) in Moscow two years ago, aviation photographer Aleksander Markin …

Sculpture

When a Plane Crash Has a ‘Happy Ending’

Photographer Dietmar Eckell has traveled across four continents to photograph mangled aircraft that share a miraculous history: No one perished in any of these crash landings. “This series is not about wrecks that are not worth recovering,” Eckell said. “It is about heroes — the pilots who turned …

Aviation

Melbourne’s famous green and yellow W-class trams left to rust

Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962

Right now, a team of digital scanning whizzes is back in their Florida lab, making a digital 3D model of the TWA Flight Center. Last week, while the staff and their equipment were hard at work recording every curve, bend, window, and facade of Eero Saarinen's 1962 terminal at John F. Kennedy …

Architecture

Dave Dix

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Ancient High Plains wrecking yard packed full of Detroit treasures

Four years ago, I visited an amazing wrecking yard located in the High Plains area of northeastern Colorado, about midway between Denver and …

Removing Fish From a Surreal Abandoned Shopping Mall

Thousands of carp, tilapia and catfish will be relocated to less absurd settings by Bangkok officials.<p>Devoid of shoppers for years, Bangkok's New World shopping center is losing the thousands of fish that have more recently called the condemned mall home.<p>An estimated 3,000 fish, brought to the …

Asia

ABANDONED MID CENTURY MODERN HOME

Took some photos of an abandoned Carter Sparks custom built modern home in Fair Oaks, CA today. The home was originally owned by artists John and …

The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls

Nuclear Vogelsang: The Lost Soviet City Everyone Wants to Disappear

<i>Vogelsang in East Germany (all photographs by the author)</i><p>Lurking in a Brandenburg forest north of Berlin is a hidden city with a sinister past being …

60 Classic cars worth £12MILLION found in French farm garage

• <b>Ferrari and a rare Maserati are among dozens of rusting classic cars found on farm in western France</b>• <b><br>The astonishing collection, left on the farm</b> …

Blackout Below Burmingham in the Abandoned WWII Tunnels

<i>Entrance to the Longbridge tunnels (all photographs by the author)</i><p>Just below the surface of Longbridge, an area just outside of Birmingham, UK, …

Abandonment Issues: Drone Photos Reveal a Ghostly Candlestick, Torn Up and Awaiting Demolition

Candlestick Park by drone<p>Photos via Patricia Chang<p>The demolition crews aren't rolling in just yet—that comes this winter—but Candlestick is already a pretty lonely place. It's now lying vacant, awaiting demolition and redevelopment as a massive mixed-use housing and commercial project that includes …

San Francisco

Once a Colonial Hotel, Now an Inhabited Ruin

• FA Home<br>• FA Bookmarks<br>• FA Workshops<br>• Contribute<br>• About<br>• Contact<p>↑<p>Once a Colonial Hotel, Now an Inhabited RuinJump to the<br>comments ↓<p>Inside the quiet Ponta Gea …

Spreepark: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauty

• FA Home<br>• FA Bookmarks<br>• FA Workshops<br>• Contribute<br>• About<br>• Contact<p>↑<p>Spreepark: Berlin’s Sleeping BeautyJump to the<br>comments ↓<p>In the middle of Berlin, near the Spree …

Hotel Monte Palace

This abandoned five-star hotel is now a five-star urban exploration destination.<p>Perched on an isolated mountaintop in the Azores, the Hotel Monte …

Ruins of Gaza airport tell sad tale - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Author: Asmaa al-Ghoul<p>RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Not far from the border gate in Rafah, where thousands of travelers are held up after the Egyptian …

14 of the world's most amazing abandoned airports

Empty airports in warzones, little known airfields and airplane boneyards: welcome to the strange world of abandoned airports. For whatever reason, …

Airports

America’s Boneyards: Where Airplanes go to Die

<i>B</i>efore they are put to rest, airplanes undergo funeral-esque rituals known as ‘pickling’. Their engines are removed, the windows covered and the …

Where Mass Tourism Overrides Memorialization, Chernobyl Is Far from a Time Capsule

There is a popularly held myth concerning Chernobyl, and, more pertinently, concerning the abandoned city of Pripyat which stands at the heart of …

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl