Viewpoint: Urban decay

Haifa is experiencing the phenomenon of “urban decay” – whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair.

By EHAB ABOU HOUSIEN
July 25, 2012 22:54
1 minute read.
Old, abandoned buildings

Old, abandoned buildings 370. (photo credit: EHAB ABOU HOUSIEN)

 
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Haifa has always been considered the “bride” of the north side of this country; the shape of the city geographically resembles a fair lady with a long dress that flows into the ocean. Nowadays, however Haifa is experiencing the phenomenon of “urban decay” (also known as urban rot and urban blight) – the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude.

In these pictures I wanted to represent the idea of an urban spectrum, starting with old, abandoned buildings and areas at one end, with modern buildings and public figures representing the other end of this spectrum. Streaming vehicles connect the two sides of the city with an imaginary thread of light.

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