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Old October 21st, 2014, 04:04 AM   #41
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The stuff built at least looks both well designed and skillfully constructed, which you can't stay about hundreds of projects in Poland that seem to break apart since day 1 and are full of technical glitches. Even proper construction of pavements is too much of a task. Pictures that you post are great to look at, but in that particular thread it would be better if more explanation on what's wrong about those projects was provided. The airports I can understand, no airlines fly there. But what about that Justice City in Madrid? Is it not operational? Was it just too expensive? Too far from the city?
What's wrong about the tram line? People don't like to use it? Is it in an area where not enough people live? Are there some glitches in construction that need to be fixed or maybe there is no money to buy trams?
Motorways - where they built in places with low traffic? People turned to trains? Were they just too expensive? Etc.
I look at these things, try to understand and need some help with that.
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they have been built with a very high cost and they arent in use , the reason i dont know, lack of money , it wasnt necessary , no agreements between local and national authorities...
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france , a65 motorway
Un jeudi à 14h30 l'autoroute dont nous avons contesté l'utilité est ... vide! Déménagement du territoire? by Marie-Hélène Cingal, on Flickr
Un jeudi à 14h30 l'autoroute dont nous avons contesté l'utilité est ... vide! by Marie-Hélène Cingal, on Flickr
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Old October 21st, 2014, 12:09 PM   #44
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Belgium has hundreds, maybe even thousands, of buildings and infrastructure that were build only to be left unused once construction was finished.

Just a few examples.

The Machelen Interchange (Brussels)

This interchange would have made it possible to enter Brussels directly from the E19 but was never finished.
Today the median strip is used for the TGV-line Brussels-Antwerp-Amsterdam.



Belgium hosts many unused bridges, ramps and tunnels.
Cities like Brussels, Liège, Antwerp and Charleroi have multiple unused tunnels and stations (mostly unfinished) for their tramway and/or metro. All build according to plans in the '80, those were left unused for financial reasons. Traveling with the metro in Brussels, you can actually see many of these unused tunnels.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 11:44 AM   #45
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南山海上觀音聖像 Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya / 中國海南三亞 Sanya, Hainan, China / SML.20140506.EOSM.09918.P1 by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML, on Flickr
A Buddism godness Guanyin Bodhisattva of Hainan Sanya South China Sea by llee_wu, on Flickr
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^that's the biggest attraction on Hainan Province. It gets as many visitors as the Statue of Liberty (but bigger, and paying too) - 4 million a year.

It's so successful they've paid millions to cover it with gold leaf, and want to build a second one.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 08:59 PM   #47
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There's no way you can call statues 'built for nothing'. Of course there is no practical purpose for statues, they are art. Meant for visual beauty.

A 10 lane highway leading to a Potemkin village in North Korea would be built for nothing.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 09:55 PM   #48
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Muldakmens railway stop, Latvia



Opened in mid October 2014, it's a railway stop in the middle of a field with high platforms, parking, etc.

Now in February 2015 there are talks of abandoning the stop.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 09:59 PM   #49
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Railway line near Daugavpils, Latvia


Before reconstruction


After reconstruction

An abandoned railway was reconstructed in 2010. But they've never actually opened the line for service.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 02:24 AM   #50
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Two in one...

Also the O2 Arena (aka Millennium Dome) is now one of the most visited buildings in the city having been converted to a big events centre seating 25,000, and a restaurant/ shopping mall/ cinema strip. It was voted world's best venue in 2012. Over 8 million people visit it each year.

The cable car though... road to nowhere.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 03:20 AM   #51
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Chicago - Block 37 express train to O'Hare

Block 37 express train to O'Hare from downtown center. Constructing was in late 00's. The then Mayor Daley had just been to Shanghai and had been on the MagLev and claimed "Chicago needs rapid transit to the airport". I would argue we do as well (some people wouldn't) but it was a boondoggle from the start.

Hundreds of millions spent on what is now an unfinished hole on the ground connecting the two largest transit lines in the city (yet not open to the public) that was supposed to whisk away downtown travelers to O'Hare in 25 minutes or so. It likely would cost upwards of 1.5 billion dollars the way the service was envisioned by Mayor Daley.

Problem was its still unclear if the plan to run it along the Blue Line CTA tracks with new passings and coordinated schedules with metro service would have been feasible to run efficiently. Not only but similar service could have been built from downtown (Union Station/Amtrak) to O'Hare on freight/suburban rail tracks for likely a fraction of the cost. The reason likely that wasn't pursued was because the Mayor wanted any such transit (and its revenue) to be under city control damn the much higher cost and now no such service at all.

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Ma...gos-Money-Pit/

The city built a $250 million rail station with no guarantee of federal or private funding to actually build the service intended for the station, in the hopes that doing so would attract that money. The money wasn’t obtained, but there was no concrete funding source in the first place, other than “if you build it, they will come.” The result is somewhere between “unlucky” and “sort of what you’d expect.”........

Completing it, the CTA estimated at the time, would cost either $771 million or $1.5 billion, depending on the path taken by the express trains, with expected profits of $3.8 million a year by 2030: “While net income is projected to be positive in 2030, losses in the early years of service lead a funding shortfall.” So the city pulled out, leaving what are, for now, literally sunk costs...........

http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigat...293754431.html
How Chicago Spent $400M On a Subway Superstation to Nowhere
Under the original concept, the "superstation" was to have been the departure point for special trains to Chicago’s airports
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........Under the original concept, the "superstation" was to have been the departure point for special trains to Chicago’s airports, non-stop service which would have featured specially-designed cars with provisions for luggage and greater comfort. But a consultant’s study reveals that even when the station opened, travelers would have been forced to ride on the same Blue Line tracks, behind slow-moving trains making every stop.
With no time savings, whatsoever.

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Full express service was an expensive, pie-in-the-sky option which was never funded or even fully engineered. Estimates at the time (in 2006 dollars), put the cost somewhere between $771 million and $1.5 billion. The study said the project would have required heavy construction along 3.7 miles of the Kennedy Expressway, including the re-engineering of at least 11 overpasses and two dozen on/off ramps. Train stations at both airports would have been reconstructed at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. The land acquisition alone would have cost at least $100 million.
The study estimated the cost of nine, specially-equipped trains at $67 million.
Film About Chicago-Based Foundation Wins Sundance Prize
Msall and the Civic Federation estimate the project’s cost so far, at $400 million and counting.
"The original bonds were going to be 12 years," he said. "
And when the Chicago Transit Authority refinanced those bonds, they pushed out the payments another 12 years........."


All of that for an unfinished station which is locked up and dark, and which will almost certainly never be used.
"The taxpayers and the riders of the CTA will be paying for this project, 20 years after it was stopped, after they stopped construction," he said. "And it does not appear any time in the reasonable future that terminal will be of benefit, or will be operational."..........



http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...7-superstation
the superstation, which was mothballed in 2008, runs on a diagonal from beneath the corner of Randolph and Dearborn streets, southeast to the corner of State and Washington streets. I'm not supposed to say how you access the space — security concerns, you know — but let's just say that a variety of elevators, locked doors and ladders are involved.

What's striking once you get in the space is its size: as long as a football field-and-a-half (472 feet), 68 feet wide and averaging 28 feet high. Call it a concrete bathtub — or an “envelope,” as our tour guide, Chicago Transit Authority Chief Infrastructure Officer Chris Bushell, put it — with rows of support pillars receding into the dim far distance. And all completely unlit, except for some temporary light strung up on the mezzanine and the portable lights we brought along.



Gallery from Crains Chicago Business

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/apps/...09999&Ref=PH#1
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Old March 27th, 2015, 12:46 PM   #52
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Monfalcone,i ( not a building but..)
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Old March 29th, 2015, 11:13 PM   #53
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these all look fantastic
sad to see them unused
but the architecture is not a waste, the project initiations were wasteful, i think the thread title should be changed
the title makes it seem as if the architecture itself was wasteful (eg waste of building space, materials etc)
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Old March 31st, 2015, 06:04 PM   #54
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But we are forgetting the mother of all airport flops, the greatest one of all: Montreal Mirabel.





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Old May 12th, 2015, 06:49 PM   #56
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That really was the mother of all white elephants, and was constructed 100% for local political reasons. The Federal government at the time even tried to force it to work by artificially dictating that all overseas flights had to first land at Mirabel, which of course wouldn't last forever before overseas airlines rebelled. It was a disaster from day one.
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The problem with Spain is that they built too much infrastructure for not enough people.

But I may have a solution!

Right now there must be hundreds of thousands of wealthy and middle class people in certain increasingly dysfunctional Latin American countries (namely Argentina and Venezuela) who are at risk of have their wealth inflated away or expropriated. Perhaps it would be in Spain's advantage to attract some of these "economic refugees"...
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satu , lisbon
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O SATUO by Frank Miller, en Flickr
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environment city , soria (spain )
Soria-Valonsadero-Soria_4213 by Julian Ocón, en Flickr
Ciudad del medio ambiente. Soria by Manuel Pecero, en Flickr

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Brasilia Stadium





construction cost $550 million (2nd most expensive)
maintenance cost $200,000 per month
no tenant, very few events
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