Archinect - News 2014-07-29T02:57:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly China’s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly Archinect 2014-06-30T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T15:10:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed80df3ac52bf772fa72335b727809e3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Yujiapu in the Chinese city of Tianjin looks more like an expensive, abandoned movie set than it does &ldquo;China&rsquo;s new Manhattan,&rdquo; as the financial district was once billed. A patina of dust covers the glass doors of the 47 office buildings and hotels that still sit empty, and in come cases unfinished.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/70748433/the-specter-of-ghost-buildings-in-london The specter of ghost buildings in London Nam Henderson 2013-04-06T11:33:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T18:52:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivfmyb31lr2zmstn.jpg" width="399" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The salesclerk at a Belgravia clothing boutique, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity because she did not want to get in trouble, said that at some times of the year the area was virtually abandoned. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll shut for the whole of August,&rdquo; she said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Earlier this week Sarah Lyall explored how some neighborhoods in London have become "<em>So Exclusive Even the Owners Are Visitors</em>". This is because the owners are increasingly, superwealthy foreigners from places like Russia, Kazakhstan, Southeast Asia and India, who are purchasing a residence either as an investment or as Yolande Barnes of the real estate firm Savills explains "<em>It&rsquo;s more like buying their own private hotel</em>" for their occasional visit to London.</p> <p> As <a href="http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2013/04/the-specter-of-ghost-buildings/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a>&nbsp;(h/t) commented over at his blog "<em>the Gothic High-Tech soulless barns of the offshored ultra-wealthy. A city that once thrived by financialization is seeing its citizens replaced by money. It would be even more interesting if the entities owning these structures were themselves financial instruments, and never human to begin with. Maybe these 'ultraprime' structures could be purchased and owned by quant algorithms, stockmarket style</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58905747/the-post-war-ghost-towns-of-foreign-aid The Post-War Ghost Towns of Foreign Aid Archinect 2012-10-08T20:20:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T19:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qli5fsh1h0kqmmlg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Originally a low income neighborhood of informal,&nbsp;mud brick&nbsp;housing, Sher-Pur was subject to government land grabs around 2004 and is now Kabul's wealthiest neighborhood. Built up using mashup of imported architectural designs from Dubai, the neighborhood is full of massive poppy palaces and narco palaces... as the international community pulls out ahead of the 2014 NATO withdrawal deadline, many of these elaborate mansions are sitting empty. Sher-Pur is becoming a&nbsp;ghost town&nbsp;of&nbsp;opulence.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55294047/china-s-ghost-towns-and-phantom-malls China's ghost towns and phantom malls Archinect 2012-08-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T17:03:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78a7e457309fe36e6f8f592cecb15ce5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As growth slows, China's huge investment in infrastructure is looking ever harder to sustain, leaving a string of ambitious projects - towns, shopping malls and even a theme park - empty and forlorn.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53639232/plans-to-build-1billion-ghost-town-in-new-mexico-desert-delayed Plans to build $1billion ghost town in New Mexico desert delayed Archinect 2012-07-16T13:21:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T18:59:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3b598dec8f6daa8292e93c070d83193.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pegasus, the company behind the scheme, had originally intended to build the huge, 15-square mile replica town near to Hobbs in the southwestern U.S. state but has postponed building work after struggling to find enough land for the project. The $1billion city (&pound;643million) with no residents had been billed as a testing ground for researchers developing products ranging from self-flushing toilets, intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/41748450/ordos-the-biggest-ghost-town-in-china Ordos: The biggest ghost town in China Archinect 2012-03-17T14:41:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T05:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/434d0bfae8ebfbc1e059ff0edb4daff0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Inner Mongolia a new city stands largely empty. This city, Ordos, suggests that the great Chinese building boom, which did so much to fuel the country's astonishing economic growth, is over. Is a bubble about to burst?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>