Adelaide has very few recent urban ruins. So this does not provide a fruitful way to explore the past and the present caused by economic downturn, natural disasters, environmental accidents, or a rustbelt city's decline. What it does have is a lot of nineteenth century heritage buildings that stand empty. It is these building that many use to frame Adelaide as backward because it rejected “progress" in the form of post-war architectural internationalism. Preserving the old is seen to be condemning the city to stagnation.
Adelaide's decaying buildings and empty urban lots that have been marked by street artists, such as Jules: