I recently learned that contemporary pueblo cultures do not use the term ‘ruins’ to describe ancestral pueblo dwellings, b/c they believe those sites are still occupied by their ancestors, and the current physical/material state of the architecture is just a different part of its life cycle…. interesting shift in worldview, I thought.
I first thought ‘haunted’ rather than “dead” malls, but the former seems as sensational a term as the latter in the current pop-cult economy.
In the Rostov-on-Don link, I think commenter LEVON is right: the windows from inside the building are shaped differently than the windows from outside — it’s not the same building. (On the inside, it seems a lot larger, too… but that could be an illusion?)
Detroit has become pretty representative of urban evacuation (Tim mentions it, above). I’ve read that as many as a quarter of a million ‘homes’ in the city limits are abandoned but still repairable, but man, that’s a lot. (For example, the building in that stream above “Abandoned House 24 / $35.00”, with “REGINA” over the front door, just below the bricks crumbling below the oval window, looks pretty nice.)
It’s important that history blame corporate mismanagement and larceny and fiscal conservatism in government for the neutron-bomb of ‘Detroit’… those, or blame black people!