Ordos: An Architectural Photographic Study of a Ghost Town


All images by Raphael Olivier. Used with permission.

When Raphael Olivier moved to China, he made it a task to visit Ordos. Now that he’s leaving, he chose to showcase his visit on Behance. Ask any millennial about what Ordos is and if they’re the geeky computer gamer type like me, they’d probably reference it to Frank Herbert’s Dune as one of the warring factions fighting for control of the spice. And to be honest, that’s kind of what this town looks a bit like.

Raphael calls it a ghost town: it’s a spot that was built fast and cheap without any sort of long term vision. And so the city failed. So these days, it’s a surreal landscape with mostly empty streets, abandoned buildings, half-finished projects, etc.

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