Explore More Than 3,000 Miles of Tunnels Beneath Montreal

Andrew Emond, a Montreal-based photographer, amateur geographer, and DIY gonzo spelunker of the city's sewers and lost rivers, has just re-launched his excellent website, Under Montreal. The revamped site now comes complete with a fascinating, interactive map of the city's subterranean streams, documenting Montreal's… » 3/04/14 11:31pm 3/04/14 11:31pm

Why are we so fascinated by photographs of decaying buildings?

Even as we dream of shiny new futures, many of us are captivated by images of crumbling modern buildings — mental institutions that have faded from use, amusement parks reclaimed by nature, houses that will never again serve as homes. But why are we so fascinated by the art and archaeology of the very recent past? And… » 11/28/13 9:00am 11/28/13 9:00am

Composite photos show a Detroit school before and after it was…

Urban exploration photos often give us a sense that these crumbling, abandoned buildings are still haunted by the people who once walked their halls. This series of "Now & Then" photos from DetroitUrbex go a step further, contrasting photos of the abandoned Lewis Cass Technical High School with photos of its days as a… » 12/15/12 2:00pm 12/15/12 2:00pm

Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's abandoned private island

At the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was worth an estimated $3 billion (USD) and his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. So he may have had a few extra dollars to throw around on a private island. In fact, many drug lords had luxurious villas on small islands off the coast of Cartagena,… » 9/23/12 2:00pm 9/23/12 2:00pm

What it's like to (illegally) climb London's tallest building

When it's completed next month, the Shard of Glass will be Western Europe's tallest skyscraper, topping out at 1,017 feet. Even though this shimmering pyramid isn't open to the public yet, that didn't stop a group of urban explorers from ascending it and getting a Spider-Man's-eye-view of the Thames. » 4/10/12 9:15am 4/10/12 9:15am

A video tour through an abandoned Japanese mining village nobody…

In the late 1970s, the mining industry dried up at the isolated mountain town of Nichitsu in Japan's Saitama prefecture. Residents began to move away, leaving entire houses filled with possessions to time and the elements. Nichitsu has since become a hotspot for urban exploration. The above video is a tour of the town… » 9/04/11 8:00am 9/04/11 8:00am