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Architecture Decay

Ghost Cities Around the World

00:00 - 4 February, 2013
Hashima Island © Flickr User CC filmmaker in Japan. Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
Hashima Island © Flickr User CC filmmaker in Japan. Used under Creative Commons

This post is by Cian O' Driscoll, the writer of a lifestyle blog called Raconteur Living that explores architecture and popular culture. Cian is currently undergoing a Master of Science in Architecture at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. 

Abandoned cities are an unfortunate consequence of life and growth on our planet. The reasons for abandoning a city are as varied as the people who once inhabited their buildings and walked their streets. Many of these cities are forgotten and simply line the pages of history. Some are examples of poor urban planning; some the result of the depletion of natural resources, while others are poignant reminders of the fragility of life in a nuclear world. 

Below are some striking images of abandoned cities from around the world. Many of these cities have been abandoned for decades, however, due to rapid growth and expansion, particularly in China, we are now in an era of “modern” abandoned cities. 

Read the stories behind these modern-day ghost towns, after the break...