“China. An abandoned castle-like building in Wonderland amusement park, near Beijing. In Chenzhuang Village, 45 minute drive from Beijing, in the middle of a 100-acre corn field, sits the ruins of Wonderland, meant to be ‘the largest amusement park in Asia’. This Chinese replica of Disneyland never opened its doors. Construction on Wonderland began in 1998 but the project was abandoned when developer, local government, and local farmers disagreed over land prices. Today the site offers a ghostly look with half-built structures in ruinous state, an unfinished fairytale castle and skeletal remains. Local farmers who were displaced from their land for the project have returned to use the land. Wonderland, where China hoped to rival Disneyland, is a casualty of a common disease: the chaotic growth of the real estate market that has been pushing prices to unthinkable heights for the last two decades creating a bubble that is now about to burst.”
“This documentary series explores the legacy of the 2004 Athens Olympics, eight years after the games came to a close. Only three of the twenty-two Olympic stadiums, built at a cost of $15 Billion, are currently in public use, the remaining requiring an annual $100 million in upkeep costs.”
enochliew: Extend by YOY: It is formed by bending 2mm steel plate in order to make it strong enough to hold books, and the length can be adjusted.
razorshapes: Elliðaey, South Iceland “Elliðaey is the third largest island of the Westman Islands, located south of Iceland. The island is uninhabited, but has a large hunting lodge, constructed in 1953. In 2000, the (then) Prime Minister of Iceland, Davið Oddsson, drew criticism when he tried to present the island to the singer Björk as a gift, to thank her for her contribution to raising the international profile of Iceland. His offer was withdrawn after much local protest.”
São Francisco de Assis Church, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, was inaugurated in 1943. Being a landmark of the modernism movement, it was, for fourteen years, ignored and condemned by the Catholic Church, because of its audacious design.
100 seemed like a lot, although the number of abandoned houses in Detroit is more like 12,000. Encompassing an area of over 138 square miles, Detroit has enough room to hold the land mass of San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan Island, yet the population has fallen from close to 2 million citizens, to most likely less than 800,000. With such a dramatic decline, the abandoned house problem is not likely to go away any time soon.