The city of Ordos, in China, only exists since a few years. But it is already dead.
Amongst the countless new city projects that have proliferated in China, Ordos stands out. It is the biggest, the most megalomaniac, and the worst situated one: In the middle of the vast steppe, tens of kilometers away from any settlement, in a region almost void of water and trees.
Ordos was set to welcome at least a million inhabitants. Yet, repelled by its harsh climate and exorbitant prices, barely a few thousands ever settled. There is no activity in Ordos, except building Ordos.
Relentlessly, high-rise condominiums reproduce in the hostile plain, while in the blank city center, the wide avenues stay empty. All around the city, open-pit mines methodically burst open the land to extract coal, which finances the extravaganza.
Because Ordos, the city that had everything better and bigger, still awaits the essential: its people.
The amazing building on the photo was a museum of art.
The photo is in a black wood frame 1m x 1m