The Missing Block

Deconstructing Modernity: Unsettled Urban Living in a Changing Shanghai

The Missing Block

A historical row of houses can be rapidly removed once developers get their plans approved and receive permission from the government to relocate the residents. However, sites often remain empty for years while the developers redesign their projects or wait for the value of the land to increase, as often occurs in quickly urbanizing areas of China like Shanghai. This empty site was used as a temporary parking lot for nearly a year before construction of a commercial complex began.