Category Archives: abandoned

Ants Subterranean Structures

They poured tons of concrete into an ant colony’s hole and then started digging it out to reveal the elaborate underground city.  Basically lots of channels of circulation and ventilation and then these ventricles, these round chambers at the ends.    (It’s long but try to watch it through)  Lots to think about as far as negative space and reconstruction.

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Cities of the Past

“In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City.In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City.”

It would be instrumental for us to think about the record of cities throughout time so we may make some decisions about which places we want to preserve and which places would be more conducive to constant change, and of course, everything between these extremes.  To that end, we should think about delineating 4 or 5 different types of cities: 1. Reconstructed Cities (Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam, West Bank cities, Dresden); 2. Instant Cities (like new capitals such as Brazilia); 3. Frozen Cities (Paris, New York?); 4. Constantly Changing Cities (American Cities); 5. Abandoned Cities (California City, Chernobyl, Machu Pichu).

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abandonment and mutation

Chernobyl has become a wildlife haven in its abandonment. Some scientists believe the new vegetative growth and animal life show signs of mutation and are worried the species (especially birds) will affect outside habitats. Radiation is also affecting tree growth – confusing a hormone signal that a tree uses to determine which way to grow.

More at National Geographic

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