If you think Soviet architecture was strange — with its retrofuture angles and monolithic forms — you should see what came after the USSR’s collapse. German photographer Frank Herfort has spent years traveling all over Russia and the former Soviet territories, from metropolises to remote rural zones, to capture the bizarre architecture of the post-Soviet era.
Many neighborhoods of stately row houses that rose along the East Coast late in the 19th century have declined into decay, or been torn down entirely. Yet sometimes there’s one solitary holdout standing tall and proud, its neighbors long since demolished.
Just before they were turned to rubble, Chris Mottalini photographed Paul Rudolph-designed homes in their final decay.
Sometimes when one building comes down, the ghost of its architecture is left embedded on its neighbor. These “ghost buildings” as they’re sometimes called, remain as an unintentional texture of memory in the destruction.
There’s repurposed architecture all over New York City, from banks that have become grocery stores to a water tower becoming a speakeasy, but the most monumental transformations are definitely to be found among the city’s old cinema palaces.
You know what the weather’s been like in NYC this week: clouds, rain, more clouds, more rain. Sucks, but photographer and writer Madeleine DiGangi finds inspiration in the wet weather. Her photos show the flip side of urban architecture — buildings reflected in the city’s puddles pooling on streets and sidewalks.