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Built for over a million people, the city of Ordos was designed to be the crowning glory of Inner Mongolia.
Doomed to incompletion however, this futuristic metropolis now rises empty out of the deserts of northern China. Only 2% of its buildings were ever filled; the rest has largely been left to decay, abandoned mid-construction, earning Ordos the title of China’s Ghost City.
Last year I travelled to Inner Mongolia for myself, to get a closer look at the bizarre, ghost metropolis of Ordos… and the experience, as I would discover, was far stranger than anything I could have prepared for.
THE GHOST TOWN OF INNER MONGOLIA
China’s property market is in a strange place. With a population reckoned at 1,351,000,000 and rising fast, the resultant boom in property development has led to scores of new-made millionaires and a rapidly growing elite class; at the same time however, analysts fear that this property bubble is set to burst.
The country itself owes coming on for a trillion dollars in debt. Meanwhile, a billion people are waking up to the possibilities of fast cars, smartphones, broadband Internet and credit cards.
In her latest project “Our House Is on Fire,” Iranian artist Shirin Neshat examines the brutal aftermath of the failed Egyptian revolution by overlaying photos of the victims with poetic text.
The project, on display in New York City starting Jan. 31, will also help some of those victimized by the revolution: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, a humanitarian arts organization, commissioned Neshat to create the series and as part of the arrangement, proceeds from some works will be donated to charities in Egypt. (SEE Shirin Neshat’s Photos of the Egyptian Revolution)
Have you explored Marilyn’s Lost Scrapbook yet?
Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers Who Have Found Their Match — Visual News (via alexleo)
Police use gas to evict Occupy Oakland protesters in the middle of the night.
Oakland mayor Jean Quan in a statement: “Over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the City could maintain safe and sanitary conditions.”
Plus more photos on BuzzFeed.
Clark Merrefield, our intrepid Portland correspondent, files a report from #OccupyPortland:
Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement marched to Lownsdale Square in Downtown Portland this afternoon. Unofficial estimates from the protestors put their ranks at around 10,000.
Portland’s mayor, Mayor Sam Adams, tweeted earlier this evening he actually welcomed the protesters: “Just popped outside of #PDX City Hall to greet the #OccupyPortland crowd passing on SW Jefferson & thank them for having a peaceful event.” And to the conspiracy theorists in NYC who say Twitter’s blocking #occupywallstreet (which the company has consistently denied), #occupyportland is trending.
The London riots may be the most violent in recent memory, but the city has a long and rocky history of upheaval. Here, a look back at some of London’s other newsworthy clashes…
To add to that: August has historically been a month of meltdowns (Photos)
Navy SEAL trainees bounce off the bottom of the tank to catch their breath during the Drown Proofing Test at the Combat Training Tank. The trainees have their feet and hands tied and once freed they swim to safety.
The SEALs: America’s quietest killers. This gallery is pretty amazing.