The Urbanist

Abandoned buildings

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29 September 2016

Episode 259

30 minutes

Some buildings are completely derelict and inspire their fair share of urban myths while plans to repurpose long-abandoned structures mean that they’re often left in limbo. Plus: we chat to Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities.

29 September 2016

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Chapter 1

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Photo: Jimmy Baikovicius

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Chapter 1

Rio de Janeiro: Hotel Paineiras

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For more than 30 years the Hotel Paineiras sat abandoned at the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Tijuca National Park. But in July it reopened, reincarnated in a different form.

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Photo: Ksenia Shaykhutdinova

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Moscow: USSR hospital

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At the start of the 1980s work started on a huge 1,300-room hospital in northwest Moscow to welcome patients from across the Soviet Union. But construction work stopped abruptly in 1985 – even as the beds were being moved in.

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Seattle: Gas Works Park

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Gas Works Park in Seattle draws scores of visitors every day. It’s a park, for sure, but it’s also the site where a coal gasification plant once stood – and that industrial past is still very much present.

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Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities

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It’s the first part of our interview with Michael Berkowitz who’s the managing director and president of 100 Resilient Cities. Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, it is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient.

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