Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Photo Assignment: Abandoned and dilipated houses and properties

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    A several-days-late thank you, Ombugge, for these glimpses and personal reminiscences of less-well-known Singapore, and for the absolutely fascinating link in #425 about Istana Woodneauk.

    Comment


    • ombugge
      ombugge commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks Seagull. Sorry for leaving your reply "hanging" here.

    The ISTANA WOODNEUK is an amazing looking property - that is as close to one of my dream homes as you possibly can be I guess.

    I searched "ISTANA WOODNEUK" on google and some pretty amazing photography came up in the picture section!

    Thank you for sharing, ombugge!
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

    Comment


      The heaven for photographing abandoned building must be Malacca in Malaysia. They are just about everywhere in the old part of town, while new buildings on reclaimed land is standing empty.
      Here is a few example from a short stretch of what used to be the main road north along the seaside. (Now no sea to be seen from here)

      This former hotel is now only home to an array of mobile phone cells:


      A grand Villa on the opposite side of the road:


      Another grand Villa is total disrepair:


      Two in a row:


      A Malay style house with Eagles watching the gate:


      A lot of houses are standing empty but not abandoned, since they have "To Let/For Sale" signs.
      Many with a fairly "abandoned" look though:

      This would have been a very nice house in it's days and could probably still be saved.
      But at what cost?

      Comment


        I wonder what is the root cause of not only old property standing empty and unwanted, but newer buildings also. Is it that industry/commerce which was once there has long since moved elsewhere and the population has followed, or the residences are no longer "desirable" because of their one-time seaside location which is now a thing of the past? Or a combination of the two?
        Ivy

        "To thine own self be true.......
        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

        Comment


          It is probably many different reasons for this I believe. One is obviously the lack of well paying jobs in the area and the fact that there are better prospects in other parts of Malaysia.
          Not to mention that Singapore is short of skilled workers, with the wages at least double what they are in Malaysia.

          A lot of the Portuguese descendants, (known as Eurasians, or Kristang) has moved out, only visiting for their special festivals. Many of them have migrated to Singapore over the years and others gone there for work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristang_people

          Likewise, many of the descendants of the early Chinese settlers (known as Peranakan, Nonya or Baba) has also moved to Singapore over the years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan

          We noticed that many of the cafes and small shops were not open, even thought they are mainly owned and operated by Chinese. It looked like there were no interest in catering to the many tourists that was milling around, especially in Jonker Street and elsewhere in China town: http://www.malacca.ws/jonker-street/

          The local Malays were observing Ramadan, so obviously most Malay restaurants and hawker centers were not open during the day, but busy after sunset.

          Why they keep on creating more land, when there is ample space on already dry land, I don't know. Most of the construction going on appeared to use foreign workers from Indonesia and Myanmar. Maybe they are heading back to the speculative style of 1997? When the bubble burst that time it thew Malaysia into a financial crisis that lasted several years.

          We spent abt. a month in Malacca over X-mas and New Year some 15 year ago and it was different from now.
          The level of activity appears to have dropped off and the normal entrepreneurship of the Chinese looked sorely lacking.

          I'll be posting more pictures from Malacca in the This is Malaysia thread when time permits.

          Comment


            I would just LOVE to visit this abandoned airport in Athens - including the left behind B-747 at the tarmac!

            http://www.dagbladet.no/2014/06/26/n...yden/34048776/
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

            Comment


              For inspiration, we could go to the old Olympic arenas:

              http://www.businessinsider.com/aband...venues-2014-8#

              http://www.businessinsider.com/saraj...-venues-2014-2
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

              Comment


                Not my images, and I have not been there - but I would really LIKE to go there!

                http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/secre...d-terminal-jfk
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

                Comment


                  As some may have noticed we had a short break in Penang, West Malaysia last week. In Gorgetown, there are a lot of beautifully restored buildings from the colonial era, but those will appear in the "This is Malaysia" thread soon.

                  There are also some abandoned buildings from that era.
                  Here is maybe the most surprising of those, the Runnymede Hotel:





                  Unfortunately these pictures were taken at dusk and without being able to get into the compound.

                  The rather sad story of this beautiful old hotel can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23268776@N03/4499758233/

                  Comment


                    Along the beach to the west of old Georgetown are a number of old Villas, some restored and some abandoned, or at least in disrepair.
                    The going says that the grand Villas on the beach side of Northam Road were built by the Multi-millioners, while the not so grand Villas on the other side was by simply Millioners.

                    Here is one of the former Grand Villas which is now abandoned and partly ruined:


                    This beautiful Grand Villa is not entirely abandoned, since there were some activity to be seen and some external lights at night:

                    (Previously shown in the "Hotel View" thread)

                    This lesser Villa has got company:

                    The Owner either refuse to sell, or can't be found.

                    This commercial building in downtown Georgetown has seen better vtimes, but I'm not sure if it has been abandoned or is due for restoration:


                    The same goes for this seafront property near Church Street Pier:


                    Some​ old Godowns at the old port and Swettenham Pier is in need of either a coat of paint, or demolishion:

                    Comment


                      #439/4: I wonder if the Smart headquarter here near my place is aware that they are paying rent for an abandoned place?
                      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

                      Comment


                        I just came across this thread, referenced from another one. I'm going to enjoy this! But first, here's a short contribution, as a break from hogging the Lofoten thread: an abandoned croft on Berneray, in the Outer Hebrides, taken on a cycle-camping trip in 2013.







                        Comment


                          You wonder - did the occupant die without any family to take over the croft? Were they living and working there alone for years? Or did they move to the mainland to live with family and no-one wanted to buy the old place? So many questions.....wondering....imagining.
                          Ivy

                          "To thine own self be true.......
                          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

                          Comment


                          • nari
                            nari commented
                            Editing a comment
                            From what I have read over the years, there seems to be quite a few abandoned villages in the Hebrides.
                            Poverty, sickness, kids did not want to continue the rather difficult and isolated life....
                            Rather like the mystery of Hamningberg in Finnmark where the house were abandoned in good shape and still are, apparently.

                          • billplumtree
                            billplumtree commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Exactly that, Nari. The younger folk who inherit these places just don't want to live in them, which is entirely understandable: they're often dilapidated to start with, uncomfortable, remote from road access... It's cheaper and more convenient for them to build something new from scratch. A local woman told me that, after the last occupier of a place like this dies, the family simply close the door and leave everything behind just as it is. Understandable but sad.

                          This is way too cool not to be shared:

                          http://news.yahoo.com/photos/abandon...579-slideshow/ Once a symbol of American retail, many shopping malls have begun to decline and even close in recent years. Randall Park Mall shut its doors in 2009 after being hit hard by the recession. When the mall opened in 1976 in North Randall, Ohio, the town had a population of just 1,500. Though only two floors high, the mall spanned a whopping two-million square feet and employed 5,000 members of staff. These haunting images show the dust-covered remains of what were once thriving shops and even a movie theatre.
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

                          Comment


                            Not really a post in line with the ASSIGNMENT-theme of this thread, but this place, Chernobyl, is definitely a place I would love to visit some day.

                            http://all-that-is-interesting.com/drone-chernobyl#1
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

                            Comment

                            Working...
                            X