Kathedralen (Cathedrals) / Konrad Kästner / 2013

Kathedralen (Cathedrals) / Konrad Kästner / 2013


Footnotes

Today, the real-estate situation in Ordos has turned macabre. Video billboards along the city’s major roadways display mug shots of fugitive developers who have skipped town, fleeing their debts. There are rumors about the dynamiting of buildings in Kangbashi: about owners of unoccupied apartment towers who hope to create value through destruction, reselling freshly cleared land to new investors. To the extent that “the famous tourist city” attracts sightseers, they are the morbidly curious, who pilgrimage to Ordos to experience its eeriness. What they find there, though, may come as a surprise. In the shadows of the deserted construction sites and vacant hotels, there are people. They are the citizens of Ordos — not the inhabitants of a ghost town, but the pioneers of a novel kind of 21st-century urban life. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ The Colossal Strangeness of China’s Most Excellent Tourist City / Jody Rosen / The New York Times / 2015


Les 7 dernières minutes (The Last 7 Minutes) / Edith Roux / 2014

Les 7 dernières minutes (The Last 7 Minutes) / Edith Roux / 2014

MAD Architects’ Ordos Museum / Niu Han / 2011

MAD Architects’ Ordos Museum / Niu Han / 2011