Archinect - News 2014-08-22T09:46:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106342044/ten-years-on-athens-2004-gives-greece-little-to-cheer Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ca0f22c12a41a539bb41b7838a9960a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104187496/what-happens-when-digital-cities-are-abandoned What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned? Archinect 2014-07-14T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:12:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8f1954f1c061d588b5d751f9c6b19ec.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m a quiet fan of these urban explorers, people who devote time to poking around abandoned buildings or &ldquo;haikyo&rdquo;.... And because I&rsquo;ve spent so much time inhabiting digital rooms myself, I often think about how time decays digital structures. I imagine all of the strings of text that have come before or after mine that similarly disappeared into the void. But what happens when those spaces stick around, as in a virtual world&mdash;when they can&rsquo;t physically decay?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102169777/in-detroit-a-groundbreaking-school-comes-back-as-condos In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cpwjg6l1eyofiqp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings&mdash;heck, just vacant buildings&mdash;are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant&mdash;it, as abandoned urban buildings are want to do, is back in session as condos. [...] Today, the school is known as Leland Lofts, a set of expansive condos in the Lafayette Park neighborhood near downtown Detroit, where a 1,465-square-foot, one-bedroom loft goes for $175K.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102169777/in-detroit-a-groundbreaking-school-comes-back-as-condos In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cpwjg6l1eyofiqp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings&mdash;heck, just vacant buildings&mdash;are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant&mdash;it, as abandoned urban buildings are want to do, is back in session as condos. [...] Today, the school is known as Leland Lofts, a set of expansive condos in the Lafayette Park neighborhood near downtown Detroit, where a 1,465-square-foot, one-bedroom loft goes for $175K.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100938779/the-tragedy-of-tampico-mexico-a-city-of-violence-abandoned-to-the-trees The tragedy of Tampico, Mexico: a city of violence, abandoned to the trees Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:52:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9c9ed8c510490123864053b1deab4b8.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the violence, the local real estate market has bottomed out. Those who flee the city usually can&rsquo;t sell their homes and businesses, so more and more buildings, including some of Tampico&rsquo;s largest and most impressive ones, lie abandoned. Buildings that could easily survive for another century are mere empty shells, with huge trees growing through the roofs and out of the windows. Such levels of abandonment are rarely seen in the centre of a major city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93073966/paris-ghost-stations-could-be-revitalized-as-galleries-swimming-pools-restaurants Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7e9shryvq7f7g5q.jpg"></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vynbup8u7j80ijn.jpg"></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nq0sm33wh71hrz4.jpg"></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7g4g037y9rg6scbm.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58701340/bradley-garrett-urban-explorer Bradley Garrett, Urban Explorer Archinect 2012-10-05T19:38:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:57:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11fe4565407a4bac87a87673e722f260.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He may look like a kid in a hoodie, but Bradley Garrett has a degree in anthropology and history, a PhD in social and cultural geography, and is about to take up a research post at Oxford University. But away from his lofty academic work, this bespectacled American is a trespasser &ndash; "urban explorer" has a nicer ring &ndash; who infiltrates abandoned buildings, sewers, bridges and office-block rooftops, filming and photographing them to bring these hidden spaces to public view.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30798656/china-s-abandoned-wonderland China's abandoned Wonderland Archinect 2011-12-13T13:54:20-05:00 >2011-12-17T10:21:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/0077a5a0f0c6cf8cf91e9c5ce5179acb.jpg" width="220" height="143" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A farmer carries a shovel over his shoulder as he walks to tend his crops in a field that includes an abandoned building, that was to be part of an amusement park called 'Wonderland', on the outskirts of Beijing December 5, 2011. Construction work at the park, which was promoted by developers as 'the largest amusement park in Asia', stopped around 1998 after funds were withdrawn due to disagreements over property prices with the local government and farmers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/5878521/ghostly-developments-also-haunt-spain-s-banks Ghostly Developments Also Haunt Spain’s Banks Paul Petrunia 2011-05-10T15:59:11-04:00 >2011-05-10T15:59:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7c3dd15d576075c9b0e11497e660d0e.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of these units have never sold, and though they were finished just three years ago, they are already falling into disrepair, the concrete chipping off the sides of the buildings. Vandals have stolen piping, radiators, doors &mdash; anything they could get their hands on.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>