This photographic essay by Kim Paul Nguyen explores urban environments across the globe. The photos were taken between 2008 and 2012.

Urban environments, in all their forms, are where the majority of the human species now reside. They have taken on a huge variety of forms, depending on the social, cultural and economic factors in each region. Surprisingly there are often more similarities than differences.

(Photos have also been contributed by Richard Kimberley and Anna Scharf.)

Public Housing in the UK

Public housing in London, the UK

 

Window cleaning in Turkey

Window cleaning in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Richard Kimberley)

 

Housing Development in Kunming, China

Housing development in Kunming, China

 

Refugee Housing in Georgia, after the 2008 Russo-Georgian War

Refugee housing in Georgia, after the 2008 Russo-Georgian War

 

Blocks of flats in Paris, France

Blocks of flats in Paris, France

 

New Housing Development near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

New housing development near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Aging Art Deco apartments in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Aging art deco apartments in Almaty, Kazakhstan

 

Terrace Houses in Dublin, Ireland

Terrace Houses in Dublin, Ireland

 

Suburbs of a small town in far west Mongolia

Suburbs of a small town in far west Mongolia

 

The last block of flats on the way out of Azerbaijan's capital, Baku

The last block of flats on the way out of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku

 

Art on an abandoned building. Granada, Spain

Art on an abandoned building. Granada, Spain (Photo by Anna Scharf)

 

Buzzers at the bottom of a block of flats in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Buzzers at the bottom of a block of flats in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

A block of flats on the Latvian coast

A block of flats on the Latvian coast

 

Children using the concrete as a playground, Black Sea Coast, Turkey

Children using the concrete as a playground, Black Sea Coast, Turkey

 

Fixing the electricity in a small Mongolian town

Fixing the electricity in a small Mongolian town

 

A series of housing towers by the highway in Bulgaria

A series of housing towers by the highway in Bulgaria

 

Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia

 

Public housing in Bulgaria

Public housing in Bulgaria (Photo by Richard Kimberley)

 

A post-modern block of flats in Tbilisi, Georgia

A post-modern block of flats in Tbilisi, Georgia