Jing Jin City
by Andi Schmied
The city’s 4000 villas exist in various stages of incompletion, ranging from concrete shells with unfinished interiors to rendered façades with landscaped gardens. Their architecture is a patchwork of symbols, drawn from a catalogue of American suburban fantasies: double-height living rooms, grand staircases, timber gazebos, classical columns, Greek statues, cavernous basements, water fountains.
It is not a ghost town, but has a life of its own. The city is kept in order by a small army of gardeners and guards who also make up most of the city’s permanent population. The activities of gardeners and guards maintain the illusion that the city is functioning as planned.
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