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“The Ruins of Detroit” is a powerful and disturbing collection of photographs, which are the result of a five-year collaboration by the French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. “The Ruins of Detroit” tells the city’s story in one starkly beautiful photograph after another, adding up to nothing less than an end-of-empire narrative. The abandoned factories, the eerily vacant schools, the rotting houses and gutted skyscrapers chronicled by Marchand and Meffre are the artefacts of Detroit’s astonishing rise as a global capital of capitalism and its even more extraordinary descent into ruin, a place where the boundaries between the American dream and the American nightmare, between prosperity and poverty, between the permanent and the ephemeral are powerfully and painfully visible. No place exemplifies both the creative and destructive forces of modernity more than Detroit, past and present.
In addition to these remarkable photographs, this piece presents a memorable slide show of additional images from the collection and a documentary short film. “Pure Detroit” is a short film by Ivan George with gorgeous cinematography, but it’s also one that confronts the viewer with dramatic images of the collapse and decay that rapid economic and social change can have upon urban life. The impact of the film has been described as somewhere between heaven, hell and quiet meditation. While “Pure Detroit” is a beautiful visual mood piece, it’s also incredibly sad. The film reveals so much about the rapid changes we’re encountering in our world right now, how the old things gets broken much faster than new things are put in their place. “Pure Detroit” serves as a powerful reminder of what the old things breaking down can be like for so many of us.
Again, this piece includes a number of striking high-resolution photographs, a memorable slide show and a documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/the-ruins-of-detroit-a-sad-narrative-of-urban-life-in-america/“The Ruins of Detroit” is a powerful and disturbing collection of... more
Reports of Chinese ghost cities have been trickling in for over a year. Previously, these reports were nothing more than abstract statistics but new images put a very real face on those figures.
Like a cheesy sci-fi flick where the human population has mysteriously vanished, these ghost cities sit eerily vacant while dead leaves collect in unswept and unused foyers. This is not Hollywood’s latest blockbuster but a stark reality.
Finance Asia reports that about 64 million apartments and houses have remained empty over the last 6 months. A truly shocking statistic considering that this figure represents potential housing for roughly 200 million people or almost two-thirds of the population of The United States.
Using the excuse that Chinese prefer buying to renting, Asian financial analysts are shaking off these insane figures as long-term investments. The idea is savvy investors recently flush with capital but fearful of a fickle stock market invest in property even though there are limited renters available to occupy them. But it is not beyond reason to suspect a financial bubble is forming or something far worse.
Al-Jazeera TV spoke with Patrick Chovanec of Tsinghua University who explained the situation in over-simplified terms, “Who wants to be the mayor who reports that he didn’t get 8% GDP growth this year? Nobody wants to come forward with that. So the incentives in the system are to build. And if that’s the easiest way to achieve that growth, then you build.” However an 8% growth does not begin to touch the 15% housing excess reported in these figures.
The truth of this situation is that these new cities and developments are money pits. Even though the properties sit completely vacant and ready to be lived in, occupation is not fiscally possible because they are in fact still born cities; created without the possibility of sustaining themselves. And so a bubble in the economy is formed. Like a cancer, that bubble will infect and corrupt any markets with which it comes in contact. These ‘investments’ are like ‘roach motels’ – your money goes in but it does not come out.
Looking to the future, it is obvious that this situation will further complicate. How long can investments sit around without generating revenue? We are familiar with concepts like junk bonds and derivatives, abstract markets that have created similar bubbles in our economy. But these ghost cities are actual physical manifestations of junk economics. These are fully realized projects representing billions in investment dollars and they are simply collecting dust!
One cannot help to question who gave the green light for these billion dollar projects and what is in fact the endgame for a prospectus with this scope.
more pics at link...
December 20, 2010Reports of Chinese ghost cities have been trickling in for over a year. Previously,... more
The cities that never sleep: Spectacular night-time photos of Earth taken from the space station that show London's lights shine brightestWe often look up at the sky at night and wonder at the stars, but from space Earth has its own impressive light show.These pictures taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station show London, Paris lit up at night, the southern Mediterranean including Ibiza and Majorca and the light of towns snaking down the river Nile from Cairo.One shot even captures the green northern lights spread out across the top of the earth above Britain.
LINK : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1328467/Spectacular-night-time-photos-Earth-taken-space-station.htmlWe often look up at the sky at night and wonder at the stars, but from space Earth has... more
Just how much is the world's population expected to grow over the next 40 years? Here's a look at how the massive population growth over the past 60 years has impacted the world we live in and what to expect as the world population continues to grow.Just how much is the world's population expected to grow over the next 40 years?... more
Picher sprang up as a 20th-century boomtown—the “buckle” of the mining belt that ran through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. The earth underneath it produced most of the lead for US bullets in World Wars I and II and enough zinc to literally galvanize construction of the American suburbs. These raw materials were used to create stronger, water-resistant metal alloys, better batteries, and dietary supplements—the base materials of a modern society. Population peaked at 14,000 in 1926. When the lode ran dry in 1970, the mining companies moved out. Picher eventually became a Superfund site, and half a decade ago the state government offered residents an average of $55 per square foot to evacuate their homes. By September 2009, the police force had disbanded and the government dissolved. Picher was a dead city.
Except that a few people refused to leave. They call themselves chat rats, a loose and increasingly self-reliant colony armed with cell phones and Wi-Fi for communication and guns for driving off scrap-metal scavengers. It’s a life bordering on squalid—on the way out of the Gorillas Cage, Roberts spots shovel marks around the base of the burned-out signpost, the beginning of an attempt to steal it. Across the street, a former auction-house parking lot has become a dumping ground for tires. On the drive back out of town, he passes the abandoned high school and notices that the arts and crafts building has burned down. A man appears to be helping himself to bookshelves from an open classroom. Roberts can’t figure out why anyone would turn down the relocation money he’s offering. “Most people have bettered themselves through this process,” he says. “Now there are only radicals left.”
The apocalypse is already here; it’s just unevenly distributed. Urbanization has lured more people to bustling metropolises, but precious little thought has been given to what happens when these cities fail. Over time, the underlying systems and processes of civilization—from lead mining to offshore drilling to car commuting—slowly poison us. Power grids brown out, the climate heats up, and industrial accidents ravage ecosystems and cities alike. For all the famed cities with thousands of years of continuity—Paris, London, Cairo, Athens, Rome, Istanbul—most cities just stop. Picher isn’t simply another boomtown gone bust. It’s emblematic of what happens when a modern city dies: A few people stay behind, trying to hold on to what they can. They are the new homesteaders, trying to civilize a wasteland at the end of the world.Picher sprang up as a 20th-century boomtown—the “buckle” of the... more
This is an interview I conducted with David C. Kennedy, DDS, and former head of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. For more information about the history of fluoridation and its health effects check out this article- http://www.mediaroots.org/the-fluoride-facts.phpThis is an interview I conducted with David C. Kennedy, DDS, and former head of the... more
Ever wonder what the urban and rural landscapes of today looked like decades ago? All it takes is a few clicks over at History Pin and you’ll bear witness to the old adage “the more things change the more they stay the same”. History Pin serves as a digital time machine that allows people to upload their old photos, pin them to the map, and even share the stories behind them. Using Google Maps and Street View, photos can be layered over modern scenes to give a peek into the past while preserving a piece of history that could one day be lost.
Read more: http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=497Ever wonder what the urban and rural landscapes of today looked like decades ago? All... more
"New York? The whole damn place has been turned into a suburb," sneered David Harvey, startling a roomful of New Yorkers who prided themselves on the same things he derided: the makeover of the city's parks; the new network of bike lanes; the pedestrian malls along Broadway. "The feel of the city is losing its urbanity and being made okay for suburbanites to enjoy Times Square," he continued, going on to condemn New York's gentrification not on aesthetic or nostalgic grounds, but for being at the root of the financial crisis."New York? The whole damn place has been turned into a suburb," sneered... more
This is a rather nice video with a home-made feel to it. It presents a quick view of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, starting on the subway platform (filled with lots of beautiful tile art, all of which I've photographed and shared on my blog). The AMNH is a scientific research and education institution, with collections of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts.This is a rather nice video with a home-made feel to it. It presents a quick view of... more
For the third time in the last 6 days, another line of nasty storms rolled through Chicago on Wednesday evening. Wednesday's storms towered up to 63,000 ft, unleashed 80 mph gusts, local 3"+ rains and 15,000 cloud to ground lightning strikes in a single hour. Craig Shimala captured the action from his balcony.For the third time in the last 6 days, another line of nasty storms rolled through... more
It's really strange how trying to name one flower image can provide a lesson in linguistics (and slang) as well as demonstrate how the Google Translate algorithm is programmed to cheat.It's really strange how trying to name one flower image can provide a lesson in... more
This is one of the last photographs I snapped in Helsinki -- I chose to spend my last day in Finland on the historical island fortress of Suomenlinna (which is one of my favorite places to go and to photograph).This is one of the last photographs I snapped in Helsinki -- I chose to spend my last... more
2 Posts With MANY objects---
With images borrowed and photographed from his surroundings, Trautrimas crafts images with a familiar yet unsettling existence. Shifting scales and positions, Trautrimas’s images range from fabricated Space Stations to rotating pencil sharpener restaurants all incorporating the signifiers of out local and regional lives. Canada Post boxes become two storey homes and coffee cups become fountains for birds. Satisfying a desire to pull apart and reassemble objects and environments around him, Trautrimas delicately fabricates multiple landscapes inviting the careful consideration of their viewers.
Trautrimas was the recipient of the Ontario College of Art and Design Printmaking Medal in 2003 and has appeared in the Framework Foundation Auction as well as this year’s Casey House Art for Heart Auction.
Imaginative Steampunk cities by Dave Trautrimas (29 Photos)
( for a QUICK look )
http://thechive.com/2010/05/12/imaginatice-steampunk-cities-by-dave-trautrimas-29-photos/2 Posts With MANY objects--- LE Gallery- With images borrowed and... more
This is a busker whom I photographed at Hauptwache train station in downtown Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Despite his age, he was putting on quite a performance. (For those of you who care, he was also a reasonably good musician).This is a busker whom I photographed at Hauptwache train station in downtown Frankfurt... more
I was lured out of my sickbed so I could photograph this lovely flower, which really did brighten my day, and I hope it brightens your day, too.I was lured out of my sickbed so I could photograph this lovely flower, which really... more
The Gothic-style St Bartholomew's Cathedral in Frankfurt am Main is constructed of red sandstone and was originally built in the 13th-15th centuries (restored after suffering heavy damage in 1944). Its 95 m/312ft high tower is a city landmark.The Gothic-style St Bartholomew's Cathedral in Frankfurt am Main is constructed... more