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    The Grands Ensembles.

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    Just outside of Paris, In Seine-Saint- Denis lives a otherworldly housing estate. Reminding most viewers of a limbo between a utopian new world and a postmodern sci-fi realm. Parisian photographer, Laurent Kronental, has created a photo series called Souvenir d’un Futur (Memory of a Future) documenting the captivating apartment complex and its senior citizen inhabitants.

    The grands ensembles was originally built during the 1950s through the 1980’s as a response to the migrant population of rural and foreign refugees. Post-war housing was in shortage, and creating the beautiful space was needed to combat the population spike. The utopian life was not received well. As after the first few apartments were built up, so did the poverty and crime rate. The projects were halted in 1973, and many have been demolished, with even more to be torn down with age. 

    Within the modernist architecture, holds around six million units and...

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    Rome’s Bruitalist Ruins.

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    Just outside Rome, in the town of Fregene stands the impressive Brutalist concrete structure that was once home to Italian architect Giuseppe Perugini. Perugini built ‘Casa Sperimentale’ in the late 60s, exploring the ideas of form and space, he designed his home to be experienced at a 1:1 scale. The striking home has been left untouched for over 20-years after Perugini passed away in 1995.

    The neglected residence is in dire need of restoration, however, its presence amongst the overgrown wooded grounds with its rotating structures, kinetic elements and graffiti-riddled walls, make it the perfect backdrop for urban explorers's photography.

    Astrologo places models around the derelict building to offer a sense of scale and explore the playful use of shapes and textures in this Brutalist masterpiece.

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    Challenging Prejudices.

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    German photographer Lukas Fischer talks to Aserica about his photo series on Gropiusstadt, home to Germany’s most famous junkie Christiane F in Berlin. Gropiusstadt, named after legendary Bauhaus German architect Walter Gropius, is an enormous modernist style concrete ensemble covering 2,66km2 with a total population of 36,000 people and was completed in the 1960’s. In Gropius’ own words the massive bulk designed in a semi-circular shape aimed to make a living area that was “orderly and calming through unity”. Fischer talks to us about his time photographing this notorious area in west Berlin.

    ML: Just looking at your work gives a real insight into Gropiusstadt, can you please tell us what drove you to shoot a story about it?

    LF: I grew up in a small village in the countryside, near a bigger town called Hanover. Every day on my way to school I passed the “Ihme-Zentrum”, one of those 70’s modernism residential and shoppi...

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    and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.

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    Armenia’s Medieval Ghost City.

    The forgotten splendour of Ani.

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    Japan’s Island of Monsters.

    In Japanese folklore the word ‘Yōkai’ refers to supernatural spirits, monsters and demons. Charles Fréger, a French portrait photographer, captures the Yōkai spirits, traditions, and folk characters in his work Yokainoshima - the island of monsters.

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    Lost Valley or Urban Retreat /Always On The Go or No Place Like Home /Beautiful Days in Beautiful Places.