Rising above China

Kacper Kowalski

China's breakneck construction and industrialisation boom offers a dazzling and disjointed jumble of shapes and colours and is reshaping every corner of the vast country.~~'The person who coined the term cityscape must have had China in mind. From above, it looks like a space full of contrasts and unexpected combinations. In some ways, it resembles Chinese cuisine - you recognise all the ingredients but you would never put them together in the way the Chinese do. An industrial complex next to a school and playground; a colony of high rise buildings girt by rice paddies; a riverbank scarred by a giant harbour next to housing development, a school and a construction site. Lots of construction sites raising identical towers into the skies, tightly packed together - a sea of concrete as far as the eye can see.

There's little nostalgia about old buildings - they're simply razed to the ground to make way for the brave new world of modern China. With unparalleled efficiency, whole district are planned and built in record time, creating new communities, replete with schools, shopping centres, roads and housing, to accommodate the ever swelling numbers of urban dwellers. Natural features such as mountains or lakes will simply be removed - or moved, if necessary. China is creating a new reality, searching for a new identity and developing in unpredictable directions.~~Kacper Kowalski explored the landscape of contemporary China from the air, finding strange constellations and unfamiliar colours and shapes. ~

 

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      Rice fields in the Wuming Area.

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      CHINA

      People work in rice fields in Nanning.

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      Apartment blocks in the Shibuzhen area by the...

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      A poultry market in the city of Nanning. people park...

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      CHINA

      Stone pits cut away into the mountainous area of...

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      Older buildings surrounded by a forest in the area of...

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      Green and brown fields and limestone karsts surround...

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      An agricultural landscape with a long wall forming...

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      People work on agricultural land at a farm in the...

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      A crowded residential area in the city of Linzhou.

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      A demolished house with flags around it in Linzhou.

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      Minerals are mined from the ground in Linzhou,...

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      Coal storage and heavy industry in Jiangyin a port on...

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      Coal barges are loaded by cranes from storage depots...

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      Logs and sand stored in facilities beside the Yangtze...

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      An industrial area with factories and chimneys in...

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      An industrial water treatment and mineral collecting...

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      A mineral collection factory in Linzhou.

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      CHINA

      Cranes mine coal from nearby supplies in the city of...

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      Quarry areas and heavy industry in the city of...

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      Fishing barges and container ships on the Yangtze...

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      A canal packed with barges divides two areas...

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      A timber yard and warehouses, in the Jingangzhen...

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      A pond contaminted with pollution, debris and...

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      1980's housing in the city of Jiangyin.

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      1980's housing in the city of Jiangyin.

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      Demolition land contrasts the traditional...

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      Agricultural land and rice fields next to land being...

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      Land cleared ready for new residential complexes to...

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      An area of land cleared for building is bisected by a...

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      Old houses are gradually being cleared to make way...

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      Old buildings and houses in the foreground contrasts...

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      High rise residential blocks and a housing estate...

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      Large scale construction of new housing and...

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      The city of Jiangyin and the Yangtze River.

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      A high rise housing zone, with further construction...

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