'Unreal Estates of China, as an extension of our research on the "lean planning," proposes an alternative reading of contemporary China. This specific project originated a few years ago in the Pearl River Delta region, and followed the path of a small travelling particle named PIXEL. This fictional character becomes the medium through which spaces/places are explored. When PIXEL comes in contact with real spaces, it can morph and take on any possible visual angle, form or role, and finally roughly delineate the contours of a new topography. In the port, inside the factory walls, underneath the highway, through the newly urbanised farmland, PIXEL reflects the dramatic change of China's reality.' (Book Flap)
Presented by Map Office in 2007 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Unreal Estate of China documents modern China's landscape through video, animation books, texts, drawings and architectural thought. Map Office illustrates the project by 32 stories and 56 tableaux in this book. Essay with Chinese translation by Norman Ford is also included.
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