these haunting photos by Palindromo Meszaros, are not of an art installation, rather a horrific toxic spill. via inhabitat
Two years ago, the small Hungarian town of Ajka was pummeled with 35 million cubic meters of toxic sludge when a nearby alumina plant reservoir burst. The red-orange mud flowed through the town streets, with waves reaching over six feet high. It took nearly a week to contain the spill that eventually killed 10 people and destroyed countless houses, schools, businesses, and farms. Spanish Artist Palindromo Meszaros recently travelled to the ravaged town and captured some unbelievable images in his latest photo collection titled “The Line.“
“The Line” exposes the irreparable damage the toxic sludge left on the small town. A thick line of red swallows up trees, dyes the town’s dirt and grass, and brands the bottom half of homes and buildings for as far as the eye can see. Mesarzaro creates these images by only lining up the tip of the red stains with the horizon line in each photograph making the result is so precise and vibrant, it looks as if someone had purposely painted the town red. Though the images are striking, they are a constant reminder of the mark toxic waste has left on the town of Ajka and the continued need and effort to rebuild from the red rubble.Known for his documentary style of photography, Meszaros has created carefully orchestrated images of other Eastern European ecosystems and atmospheres, focusing on social and anthropological issues. His background in architecture is also key to his unique style, building mesmerizing images that tell a captivating, oftentimes overlooked story. He was so moved by the town of Ajka, he produced a second series of photographs, “The Line II,” exploring the lifestyle and landscape of the remaining industrial community.
‘After You Left, They Took It Apart (Demolished Paul Rudolph Homes)’ is a new book published by Columbia College Chicago Press, based on a series of images by architectural photographer Chris Mottalini. text via the modern house
In 2007, Mottalini photographed three abandoned homes designed by the late Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, each awaiting demolition. The buildings were located in Westport, Connecticut (1972-2007), Watch Hill, Rhode Island (1956-2007) and Siesta Key, Florida (1941-2007). The photos are designed to capture the historic and cultural importance of the mid-century buildings, before they were torn down, and the photographer’s frustration over their loss. Paul Rudolph was know for his Brutalist style of architecture, and several more of his buildings are earmarked for demolition. Chris Mottalini recently opened an exhibition at the Reform Modern Gallery in Los Angeles, California. He will feature in an exhibition, Art after Architecture, at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at Cork University, Ireland, beginning on 22nd November.
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In the city of Tokyo, a building stands as an anachronism in relation to the surrounding landscape. The building in question is the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa (1934 – 2007), one of the leading members of an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. This prototype for life in the 21st Century ultimately proved to be an exception rather than the rule, as the first capsule tower became the last completed in the world. Today, the building faces the threat of demolition to make way for a conventional apartment complex. This photographic series captures the building as it faces an uncertain fate.Noritaka Minami’s work ’1972′ is a ongoing project and a response to the building’s potential disappearance as a tangible piece of cultural memory in Tokyo. The camera engages this singular presence within a city and explores the implications this vision of the future from the past holds for contemporary society.
atop a construction crane at the sagrada família in barcelona : image © vadim mahora
vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym via designboom
russian photographers and daredevils vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym travel europe with a clear purpose — to illegally climb to the highest point of the city’s main attraction, hang off its edge, and capture their extraordinary viewpoint. their latest adventure had them scaling skyscrapers, construction cranes, and cathedral steeples, exposing some of the most magnificent and outrageous perspectives of architecture and urban sites. their non-conventional form of tourism brought them to 12 cities, soaring to the top of renowned monuments like antoni gaudi’s masterpiece, the sagrada família in barcelona, the iconic eiffel tower in paris, and the gothic spires of the cologne cathedral in germany.
photography by greg girard & ian lamboth : text and images via daily mail
Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarising themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992.The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect.
text and images via stylepark photography ailine liefeld
A concrete air-raid bunker, built in 1942 on the corner of a city block in the Berlin Mitte district is the home of art collector Christian Boros and his wife Karen. Five repetitive storeys contain 80 rooms whose neutrality forms a suitable showcase for the client’s contemporary art collection
private bunker by carsten güth via offmag
Private Bunker Series, the collection of photographs show a variety of residential houses shut-off from the outside world; their windows and doors nowhere to be seen. There’s a surrealism and a beauty to these images. In many ways they feel claustrophobic – even horrific – but there’s also an elegance to be found in their minimalist forms and their obscure abstractions. Carsten Güth studied architecture but now lives and works in Stuttgart as a designer. Recently he released this series as a zine and you can check out photographs of it on his blog. . Read More
photos : Chris Kuklok, Buzludja, Evgeni Dinev, Xiao Yang and Nicola text : Guéorguy Stoilov
via : architectuul
This monument located on Mount Buzludzha is the biggest ideological building in Bulgaria. It was built as a tribute to the creation of the Bulgarian socialist movement in 1891. Several access roads were built (today in a really bad condition) from Shipka and from the main road Stara Zagora – Roussée. The road exit for Buzludzha is a gigantic statue of Dimitar Blagoev. The construction of Buzludzha was made possible thanks to government funds and supporters’ donations for an amount of around 14 186 000 leva (around 7 000 000 €). The site was built by civil engineering troops from the Bulgarian army and volunteers. The master builder was General Delcho Delchev who was in charge of the Stara Zagora civil engineering section. The author of this project was the architect Guéorguy Stoilov. Several famous painters and sculptors have participated to the decoration. Ever since the superseding of Bulgarian president Todor Givkovand and the political changes that occurred in Bulgaria from 1989, the state of the monument has been worsening. portraits of Ludmila and Todor Givkov have been voluntarily destroyed. The copper adornments have been stolen. The building is slowly disintegrating; marauders are consistently breaking windows and stealing mosaics and ornaments. Nowadays, the monument is abandoned and no public institution seems to be concerned by the conservation of renovation of the building. The Bulgarian socialist party itself is not taking any action towards the maintenance of its most important symbol. . Read More
photos by natacha pisarenko via gawker
Epecuen, Argentina was once a popular lakeside resort town, known for its saltwater baths and spas. It was especially popular among Argentine Jews from nearby Buenos Aires, who found the lake, which had 10 times more salt than the ocean, and was buoyant, similar to the Middle East’s Dead Sea. But then in November 1985, after a series of wet winters, the lake flooded the town. A retaining wall failed and the salty water submerged the streets. Now the waters have receded, exposing what remains of the former resort. The Associated Press’s Natacha Pisarenko took these photos as she followed a tour guide through the ruins. .