Abandoned Towns

Carletonville, Johannesburg

In the area of Carletonville there is a high number of abandoned towns which was the result of the mines’ closure or the relocation of the company. Carletonville is an example of this phenomena holding a reserve of infrastructure. The lack of resources and maintenance led to the increase of informal settlements and criminality in the total area. As a sequence the image of the area is becoming less attractive and from the mining center that it used to be it is transforming to a ghost.


Sanne van den Breemer
Filip Geerts
Ilmar Hurkxkens

Director of Studies

Salomon Frausto


Nigel Alarcon(MX), Pooja Bhave(IN), Mariano Cuofano(IT), Fabiola Cruz(PE), Alonso Díaz(MX), Xiaoyu Ding(CN), Ines Garcia‑Lezana(ES), Sandra Garcia(ES), Martino Greco(IT), Sebastian Hitchcock(ZA), Alejandra Huesca(MX), Yesah Hwangbo(KR), Takuma Johnson(US), Yi-Ni Lin(TW), Paola Tovar(MX), Cristhy Mattos(BR), Preradon Pimpakan(TH), Adi Samet(IL), Raymond Tang(US), Kulaporn Temudom(TH), Danai Tsigkanou(GR), Jesse Verdoes(NL), Rongting Xiao(CN)