28 interviews have been completed with people such as:
|• Those who occupy abandoned places.
OSCAR: Part of the collective at Can Masdeu near Barcelona who occupied and rehabilitated an abandoned leprosy colony that had been abandoned for many decades.
ESOSI: A squatting collective that is sustainably restoring an abandoned village in the Spanish Pyrenees.
|The pedal powered washing machine at Can Mas Deu near Barcelona|
|• People who rebuild, recycle or reuse them in a sustainable way.
DOUG FRANCIS: From ‘The Artspace Lifespace Project’ (U.K.)
ANTONIO LIPANOVIC: Reused an abandoned military bunker on Vis Island (Croatia) to produce wine.
ALI SAFTEKIN: His family were forcibly moved from Greece to Turkey during the population exchange in 1923. They were given a house that had been abandoned by its Greek owners in Kayakoy (Turkey).
JOHN HAINSWORTH Trustee of the Workhouse (Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust) (Powys, Wales)
|Lipanovic winery, Vis Island, Croatia|
|• People who restore and conserve them.
JAN DUDAS: restored an abandoned house and also sells abandoned palaces in Slovakia
JOHN and BEA LAUGHLAND: restored an abandoned house in Kayakoy, Turkey.
|Abandoned palace in Banska Stiavnika, Slovakia with unique frescos|
| • Artists who use them as a space to work from.
VERONIQUE SERFASS: Ex member of the Caminal art collective and now resident artist at La Escocesa in Barcelona.
MARCO NORRIS: resident artist at La Escocesa in Barcelona.
JOHN EDDY: resident artist at The Workhouse (Powys, Wales)
JOANNAH MUNTON: Puppeteer working from the Workhouse (Powys, Wales)
|La Escocesa art collective in Barcelona.|
|• Urban explorers who explore and document them.
JAN STEL: URBEX photographer and author of the book ‘Past Glory’ (The Netherlands)
HENK VAN RENSBERGER: URBEX photographer and author of several books on abandoned places (Belgium)
DIMITRI DE WIT : URBEX photographer (The Netherlands)
|An abandoned chateau and then later a children's holiday camp in Belgium.|
and also the voices of some specialists such as:
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Mr. Luca Marmo: Head of Soil Sector, European Commission (E.E.A.),
Mr. Fred Taggart: Projects Director, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (U.K.)
Professor Massimo Tadi: Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Milan (Italy)
Professor Francesc Muñoz Ramírez: The Urbanism Observatory, U.A.B. (University Autonomous of Barcelona) (Spain),
Mr. Gokhan Avicioglu: Principle and founder of G.A.D. (Global Architectural Development) (Istanbul - New York),
Mr. Evert Verhagen: Founder of REUSE BV and was the Project Manager for the Westgasfabriek regeneration project in Amsterdam.
Dr. Benjamin Fragner: Director of the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage (Czech Republic),
Mr. John Hurd: President/Chairman of Advisory Committee of I.C.O.M.O.S. (International Council on Monuments and Sites),
Mr. David Ireland: C.E.O. Empty Homes (U.K.).
Dr. Patricia Emptage: author and expert in cultural anthropology (Turkey),
Aurora López: Director of Urbanism at 22@ Barcelona, (Spain)
Professor Peter Latz: Founder of Latz + Partner GbR Architects (Germany)
Dr Radek Mikulas, Institute of Geology, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic
NORA BOUSDIRA KOSSOWSKI: Networks and talent development 22@, Barcelona
Go to [ still images ] for photos of some of the above