China's building boom has created a ton of abandoned cities and massive ruins - most of which are brand new, and have never had people living in them. Here are the deserted Chinese cities, mostly built in the last 10 years, which could be sets for your next dystopian movie.
2013/04/09: The collapse of Spain's property-led economy stands to highlight the intense yet fraught relationship between capital and the built environment in times of economic crisis.
As seen at developments such as Valdeluz, capitalism’s destructive creativity is particularly visible at moments of economic crisis. Envisioned as a new town with 9,500 houses for nearly 30,000 residents, it lies approximately fifteen minutes south by car from the neighbouring town of Guadalajara. As a dormitory town for Guadalajara and Madrid (which lies 60 kilometres away), Valdeluz’s isolated location is ameliorated by the presence of a new, high-speed train station and miles of new roads. In reality, however, neither the trains nor the roads are frequented as often as the developers imagined.
In what could be argued as a clear sign of China's property bubble, there are no cars at all in most of the images and thousands of flats and homes lie empty.