Monday, September 27, 2010

Industrial Abandonment Hobart

Something interesting occurs to places when they change from towns to cities. Amongst the glitzy new buildings that rise upwards to compete for space, there are countless abandoned buildings that tell the story of a time that has passed, but crumble away, day by day.

The above photo was taken in central Hobart. This vast building that has stood empty and boarded up for a long time now. The site is on valuable real estate, and as such the future for these buildings looks dim.

It's interesting as to what parts of our history are deemed to be important to retain and buildings that are torn down because they are viewed as unworthy or importance or historic value. Time after time around Tasmania modernist buildings are torn down, with the term 'heritage' being viewed by many as 19th century buildings only. The neglect and demolition of such buildings ignores the contributions of how such buildings have helped to shape Tasmania and its identity today.

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