Yilu the Illusory

Deconstructing Modernity: Unsettled Urban Living in a Changing Shanghai

Yilu the Illusory

After a time-consuming struggle involving the owners, academics, governors, and developers, Yilu Villa and two other nearby historical buildings were preserved. Although the buildings were maintained, the results were unsatisfactory. The rest of neighborhood was demolished except for these three structures, which were moved from their original sites and placed side by side, as seen in this image. A brand new premium gated condominium complex is under construction and will eventually become the neighbor of this fake historical site.

Source: Photo by Jianing Chen, used with permission.