China’s Nail Houses

I found this gallery of photos in the Guardian, I find it to be an interesting outlook. I also see a strong connection between my project and Phyllida Barlows work. “A dingzihu – or ‘nail house’ – is a home where the owner refuses to accept compensation from a property developer for its demolition.”

The connection I see between a “dingzihu” and my project is the obvious architectural aspect, shapes, rather than the process of putting pieces together, it’s the reverse of taking things (in this case tearing/crashing) apart. Furthermore, the unexpected realism of the extent people will go to protect their prized possession we all know as ‘home’. There environment of comfort, safety and privacy. Visually, the torn shapes are surprising. You don’t expect a society to accept that type of architecture in the open. These photos of tragedy as well as accomplishment accentuates on the fact cities are in constant need to endure speed, modernism by rebuilding and recovering.

“Our era has been defined by falling monuments. So, in the collapse of a monument, there is a tragedy, a triumph, a beauty, and also an immense grief. The monument has this extraordinary range of emotive qualities.” connecting to my attention to monumental buildings such as Ground 0 and the movie zeitgeist the theories behind the reason for such a disaster/beauty of rebuilding and recovering.”



“Perhaps the most famous nail house is this one left stranded in the middle of a road in Wenling, in Zhejiang province. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished.”



“A nail house at a crossroads in Pinghe in China’s south-eastern Fujian province in November 2013. The local government has demolished most of the two-storey block, but one apartment owner has refused to move. Now only a tiny sliver of building remains.”


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