Abandoned Big GAMEBOY

Abandoned Big GAMEBOY

山中の廃ゲームボーイ,日本


WET DOGS PLANT

WET DOGS PLANT

A friend asked me recently what my favorite location was so far. It would surely have to be one of the industrial sites I’ve visited and this one, an abandoned power plant, that was part of a large steel mill, was certainly among the top favorites. 

Even though the steel mill closed in the beginning of 2012, this power plant had become obsolete years earlier, when it was replaced by a newer and more modern power plant. Some of the equipment was recuperated, but for the main part the plant was left to gather a thick layer of rust and dust. There are plans to turn the blast furnace on the site into a museum, so one can only hope that this beautiful vintage power plant will be upgraded to a museum aswel… 

Urban locations often get the most peculiar names. Why this one was named “Wet Dogs Plant” is beyond me. Might it have something to do with the security guards and their dogs, that are still active on the grounds? 


Abandoned “Konoji” hospital- A

Abandoned “Konoji” hospital- A

コの字医院,日本


OWL SCHOOL

OWL SCHOOL

The least one might say about this Owl School is that it has had a turbulent history. It was the first Flemish “normal school” (a teacher training college), founded in 1816 under the reign of King William I. It was established as a “national breeding school” (a training institute for teachers), to raise Dutch-language education to a higher level of quality. There were not only Flemish students, but also “refugees” from other parts of the Netherlands, Wallonia and Luxembourg. The school experienced a big bloom. After the Belgian Revolution it was taken over by the Catholic Church, who continued the teacher training. The school played a crucial role in the defense of state education. Although after the education law of 1842 it became a “state normal school", the leadership remained in the hands of priests, because it was no easy task to find properly trained directors outside the Catholic Church.

The original school buildings were largely destroyed during the First World War. Thanks to the generous compensation of the German war damage, the opportunity was found to erect new, modern buildings. Most of the current buildings date from 1926. After the Second World War the offer was extended to a secondary department (training for high school teachers). The school flourished, but nevertheless saw a relapse after the school reform of 1970. In 2012, the 195 year old history of the “Rijksnormaalschool” came to an end. The main reason was the outdated infrastructure. The city was looking for a different function of the site, with the aim of preserving as many of the historic buildings as possible. A redevelopment project will transform the former school into a mix of functions: housing, work and retail. From January 2019 the works will start…


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