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Clash of the vernacular
Daniel Traub

Daniel Traub has photographed a curious spaceship parked somewhere in the periphery of a Chinese city. Many more will soon be arriving, apparently: “China intends to build 400 new cities by 2020. We see all the elements of this new and contradictory world: homogenous, industrial parks and residential communities pressing against age old rhythms of villages and farms; the new rich living in gated communities next to migrant workers shanty towns; burning mountains of trash next to lushly watered golf courses and country clubs.”
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  • matt
  • January 29, 2007 at 8:06:00 AM CST
  • My work takes me into mainland China pretty regularly - and the edges of the cities are filled with this stuff. I have to admit, that's one of the more spectacular models I've seen.


  • pk
  • January 29, 2007 at 9:37:00 AM CST
  • I think you mean this link for the spaceship, no?


  • Alexander Trevi
  • January 29, 2007 at 2:43:00 PM CST
  • pk: That, as well! It's gonna blast off any second now.

    I read somewhere that in Jia Zhangke's Still Life, a film which chronicles life in a Chinese city affected by the Three Gorges Dam, there's a scene where an abandoned building is transformed into a rocket ship, and it blasts off. Should be reason enough to seek out this movie.

    And matt: If you haven't already, you should organize a hunting party. Or maybe one of those "Flickr meets" I've so often heard about, and take lots and lots of photographs. Contact Taschen and they'll publish your photos in a $500, 100-pound coffee table. A copy of which will be my referral fee, of course.


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