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August Thyssen Huette Bruckhausen
Bruckhausen, the former working class neighbourhood that adjoins to the vast August Thyssen Hütte steel mill in Duisburg, Germany, in the early 1950ies.
Ironically Bruckhausen looks much the same nowadays again because the ThyssenKrupp steel company and the administration of Duisburg have decided to tear it down in favour of a huge park (Article, in German).
Guntram Walter did some impressive images of this ghost town.

Demolition of blast furnace no. 4 started

hochofen 4 thyssenkrupp
The blast furnace Hamborn no. 4 at the ThyssenKrupp mill in Duisburg will be gone by next summer.
The furnace was built in 1964 replacing the old no. 4 that had been  partly dismantled for reparation. It has a hearth diameter of 10,70 meters and a working volume of 2030m³.
The new furnace was the  first one worldwide to be equipped with a bell less charging system. And it was the first in Germany to use coal powder injection.
Until May 2008, when the furnace was mothballed as a back up furnace it produced 43 mio. tons of iron.