“Urbanization has lured more people to bustling metropolises, but precious little thought has been given to what happens when these cities fail. Over time, the underlying systems and processes of civilization – from lead mining to offshore drilling to car commuting – slowly poison us. Power grids brown out, the climate heats up, and industrial accidents ravage ecosystems and cities alike. For all the famed cities with thousands of years of continuity – Paris, London, Cairo, Athens, Rome, Istanbul – most cities just stop.”
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Noel_Byrne (33732) 2014-10-13 14:37
A great image and a thought provoking note. I am a fan of cities, the bustle, the buildings, the people all are a colorful represents of life to me, but then I do not live in a city so when my lens has taken what I want to capture, I can retreat to the country, never giving a thought to the darker side. This image portrays such a vast never ending view of the urban space, it's a really well considered view.
Spyder (4) 2014-10-13 15:10
Yes, Ahmad, as we continue to multiply at a frightening pace, more & more people are leaving the country to take a chance on city life, and here is a perfect example of squeezing as many people as possible into a small area.
Frightening that the only plant life that can be found is on balconies!
A great documentary photo of a Greek city, colourful, but tragic.
Bergenphotos (2968) 2014-10-13 18:29
Yeah, these cities are killing us. But in a way they are also driving us forward. I would say that many of today's metropolitans have just failed to adjust to the new, green thinking. In the 20th century the cities were planned for a future with cars. Today the golden age of the car is beginning to reach its end. Many cities are starting to think in completely different ways when it comes to transport and ways to build a city. Compact cities where people can walk or cycle to work will be the future. The cities in which can adapt to this will be the cities of tomorrow. Just saying. Actually, many of these initiatives has come from so-called "failed" cities. Look at Bogotá, look at Medellín, look at Curitiba and look at Dallas. The cities are still based on an old way of thinking, but I think they now face a big change in fundamental thinking.
I like talking about cities. They are so important for so many people, and it's incredible how small changes could have an impact on so many people. I think parks and space has been underrated as the cities grew out of control and the main goal became to fit as many people as possible, as close to the city center as possible. Just some thoughts. Thank you for sharing. As you can see, the photo gets me talking and that's always a good thing. I like how your note supplies the photo is a very clever way, and I also like the title.
berek (50508) 2014-10-13 21:18
What will be the end of this urbanization. beautiful nature all of them will disappear and we will eventually disappear. a meaningful picture beautifully.
serp2000 (45970) 2014-10-13 23:14
Oh, yes, it looks like one of my latest photos from Greece. You say Urbanisation, I tell Claustrophobia.
Impressive scene, I know this place.
And only one question: why it looks so blue? Something with a colors management, I think.
emka (107925) 2014-10-14 0:09
Is this the view of Athens?? Too much houses on square kilometer. I wouldn't like to live there. I like medium sized cities, not very small but not the concrete jungle like this. Amazing view.
WArm regrads MAlgo
kasianowak (10621) 2014-10-18 3:43
Very true, cities can be horrible - artificial creations, where people live in crowded conditions.
One can hardly see anything that's not man made in this photo (I think there is a tree at the bottom but not sure it's real) which illustrates your sentiments well. Yet, you created a very beautiful and attractive image by extracting patterns and harmony out of chaos.