Incredible architectural innovation in an otherwise forbidding climate. Doha is filled with as many wonders as it is contradictions, and this lovely video gives us some insight into this ever-expanding city.
Across the world are cities and places that once thrived but now lay in ruins. These abandoned cities, which are often referred to as ghost towns, can be as beautiful as they are haunting. Their decay causes our imaginations to run wild, conjuring images of a place lost to time and just what kinds of life may have passed through its city limits. Some have rich and glorious pasts while others have a dark and troubled history.
Abandoned Cities: Sanzhi Pod City
Sanzhi Pod City is located just outside of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Construction of this UFO style housing development began in 1978, and was intended to be a vacation resort marketed toward US military personnel. After several fatal car accidents during construction and an equally devastating loss of investment, the project was scrapped. Many attribute the pod city’s bad luck to the bisecting of a Chinese dragon statue near the front gates in order to widen the road. Though the area had become a tourist curiosity and the subject of an MTV film, the pods were demolished in 2010 to make way for a commercial seaside resort.
At the tail end of World War Two, Germany was in financial, political and physical ruins. The war wiped out around 11% of its population, took from it 25% of its territory, and reduced its agricultural productivity levels to a fraction of what they were before the war. To the dismay of some of its beneficiaries, Marshall Plan funds were disbursed to West Germany from 1949 to 1952, where it received $1.45 billion in economic and technical aid. Proving that the definition of an enemy is inherently situational, when the Cold War began to heat up in the 50s, NATO allowed West Germany to join its ranks. Total recovery soon followed suit.