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

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


Footnotes

If Kangbashi could be called a tragedy it’s not one of urbanization, but urban design. The new city’s design is highly-conceptual, and adequately hit on what Ordos’ local officials wanted for their new city. The plan was unabashedly grandiose, larger than life, and spoke of the power of its creators at every turn. It was highly influenced by Soviet design, where, according to Hajjar, “. . . the citizens have to feel really small compared to the city, they have to be afraid of the city. The place of the pedestrian is not that important, it’s the importance of the city and of the power of the city [that matters].” ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ An Update On China's Largest Ghost City - What Ordos Kangbashi Is Like Today / Wade Shepard / Forbes / 2016


Ordos 100 / Ai Weiwei / 2012

Ordos 100 / Ai Weiwei / 2012

Kathedralen (Cathedrals) / Konrad Kästner / 2013

Kathedralen (Cathedrals) / Konrad Kästner / 2013