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BBC News – The urban explorers of the ex-USSR   Leave a comment

BBC News – The urban explorers of the ex-USSR.

The urban explorers of the ex-USSR

Exploring the grandiose buildings and industrial infrastructure left over from the USSR is a popular pastime for some young people – but not the faint-hearted.

Man climbing a factory chimney stack

Known as urban exploration, the hobby involves climbing high-rise buildings, towers and bridges, or going deep underground. Russia’s vast territory is dotted with industrial sites, some of which are unused and empty. But Vadim Makhorov was commissioned to take these pictures inside a water pipe by the owners of this functioning power plant in the east of the country.

Man inside a water pipe at a power plant

Many urban explorers are skilled photographers who take striking images. “Who needs words when you’ve got stars in the sky?” asks Vitaly Raskalov, who took this picture of Kirill Vselensky clinging to a Soviet-era red star which adorns a building in Moscow. But the dangers are obvious. It’s not a hobby that should be encouraged. Many of the explorers do not even take the precaution of wearing a helmet. At least one is reported to have died.

Man clinging to a star at the top of a high-rise building in Moscow.

General Kosmosa’s picture shows an urban explorer taking a break on top of Kiev’s South Bridge over the River Dnieper, which is the tallest in Ukraine at 135m (443ft).

Explorer in a sleeping bag on top of a bridge.

Taking this picture was dangerous in more ways than one. The clock that Kirill Vselensky’s face is emerging from is located across the street from the main KGB building in Minsk, Belarus.

Man in clock tower

Under Russian law, trespassing on private property is punishable by a small fine, but entering abandoned and unguarded buildings is usually legal.

Climber illuminated by light from below

“What appeals to me the most is the ambience of lost places,” says Sam Namos, who took the picture below of an explorer known as Vanh1to, atop a huge satellite dish. “The process of looking for them is breathtaking, too. If you’re serious about it, there is so much you can learn about your own country, so many mysteries you can discover.”

Man on top of a rusty satellite dish

“Some say if you see one power station, you’ve seen them all, but I disagree,” says Vadim Makhorov. “I’ve done photo-shoots at many power plants, and I manage to find something new and interesting every time.”

Man taking photographs at a power plant

“Urban exploration photography shows our cities from the inside,” says Olena Zinchenko, who helped to organise an exhibition in Kiev last year. “These pictures are alive because they reveal the city from a completely different perspective which few have the privilege of seeing.” They’re important, she says, because they tell the story of industrial decline in the the former Soviet Union.

Man inside an underground passageway

“This is probably my best find, a gypsum mine in eastern Ukraine. An inconspicuous door led to an underground city with its own traffic, street signs and 20-metre-tall caves,” says Yaroslav Segeda.

Inside a gypsum mine.


Posted February 13, 2014 by arnoneumann in Buildings, Photography, Russia

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BBC News – In pictures: Building sites reveal unseen London   Leave a comment


AN : the Old mixes with the Eemrging and the New….a series of photos of various development projects that, for a time, expose sights that are not normally seen because of the height and proximity of buildings in London… do browse through the series of photos in the site….BBC News – In pictures: Building sites reveal unseen London.

Posted February 9, 2013 by arnoneumann in architecture, Buildings, London

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New Move to Develop Global Standards for Measuring Energy Use in Buildings – UNEP   Leave a comment

The UNEP Common Carbon Metric  is a most welcome effort in the measurement  of  building-related CO₂ emissions .

“Efforts to establish international standards for measuring energy use in buildings have received a boost, after the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) decided to consider an innovative tool developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to gauge energy consumption and CO₂ emissions in homes and offices across the world.

The Common Carbon Metric (CCM) – developed by UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative – could form the basis for a new international standard for measuring the environmental performance of existing buildings. The ISO – the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards, covering 162 countries – will develop relevant methods.

The Common Carbon Metric is intended to create a uniform system for defining the climate impact of buildings through a consistent protocol, which can, in turn, help develop international baselines for use by architects, designers and the construction industry.

Today, the building sector is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions with about one third of global energy use taking place in offices and homes. Moreover, building-related CO₂ emissions are set to rise from 8.6 billion tones in 2004 to 11.1 billion tones in 2020.”


via New Move to Develop Global Standards for Measuring Energy Use in Buildings – UNEP.

Posted August 10, 2011 by arnoneumann in Buildings, Environment, Sustainability, UN

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Top Ten Highlights of the League of Green Embassies | CleanTechies Blog –   Leave a comment

“The League of Green Embassies was created by the United States Department of State. It was established as an initiative to promote international cooperation for clean technologies and energy efficiency. There are three major objectives of the League of Green Embassies are, “To advance the Presidential mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in USG buildings; to demonstrate the capabilities of U.S. products and technologies to the world market; and to increase the exports of U.S. products and services in line with the national Export Initiative.” When the league was established in 2007, it was run by former U.S Ambassador to Sweden, Michael M. Wood. In 2010, the U.S. Embassy in Helskini’s ambassador, Bruce J. Orek, took over the league.”

via Top Ten Highlights of the League of Green Embassies | CleanTechies Blog –

Although this is USA centric , all nations can take note and focus on the methods and merits of greeen building… nad principles of sustainability.

Posted May 31, 2011 by arnoneumann in Buildings, Green

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