Check out this spectacular photography of empty Chinese cities by Kai Caemmerer from his trip to China as part of his project "Unborn Cities".
It's difficult to imagine what walking through these empty Chinese cities would be like.
A brand new city that's been unoccupied for its entire existence. No signs of life and no signs of use.
A city, shrouded in darkness, save for the construction lights.
Imagine using skyscrapers with no interior and minimal exterior lighting as foreground subjects.
I wonder if these cities under construction would have the same eerie sound vacuum that you often experience in an abandoned building. If you've done it, you know what I'm talking about.
Clearly, this is not the same thing as a 'traditional' abandoned building. There is however still that same concept of a purposely designed space to be used by people, but not having any people in it.
City planners would enjoy the planners the benefits of being able to layout infrastructure backbones and utilities with no citizens to disturb throughout the works.
Having the entire main artery of the city being shut down for a week would not be an issue in disrupting the lives of the citizens.
They'd want to be pretty confident they didn't overestimate.
Throughout China, hundreds of cities have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art.
Everything, that is, except one major factor; people.
“As an architectural photographer, I found the notion of a contemporary ghost town to be appealing in a sort of unsettling way”.
“Many of these new cities are not expected to be complete or vibrant until 15 to 25 years after they begin construction."
"They are built for the distant future, and at present, we can only speculate on what form they will have taken when they reach this point in time.”
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