Abandoned places in Belgie


Destruction in the name of progress may be less violent, but the ruins left behind when factories, mines and blast furnaces close down, also speak of their immediate history. The way we approach our industrial past epitomises modernity; a necessary and inevitable rejection of all that is old and obsolete, and a corresponding celebration of the new. As with ruins of war, the industrial ruin is about the present as well as the immediate past; when industries are no longer viable people, towns and landscapes are left behind.