Introducing, In China: A Perfect Cut Of Aesthetic Hell
Our analysis of this tenement precinct found in Lingshui county, Hainan province begins with the seminal modernist architect Louis Sullivan’s famous phrase “form follows function.” Buildings should be designed with their purpose in mind, and so it is philosophically laid out here, in this neighborhood, that the purpose of all human life is to sprout like a blade of grass out of red dirt, sway in the wind, and die. All joy is subsumed by the reality of existing. Not one wasted word is spent. You are because you are. Accept it, for residents of Dadun Village are all engaged in the process of death or already dead.
Not even the laziest Sim City players would do this to their terrain, dragging the low-density residential zone tool over such a wide swathe, because who could even bear to know that virtual citizens live in these shelters of depression, hatcheries of mania and likely murder? (Look at the red splotches in the lower-right corner of the picture.) Alas, people live here, according to Daily Mail:
Around 3,500 villagers have started to move into 1,029 new apartments, each of which measures 253 square metres, over the last few weeks after construction of Dadun Village started in October 2010.
Pitiable people. What has the world done to you perfect snowflakes?
Welcome to your new home, workers: Chinese villagers moved into prison-like new town (Daily Mail, h/t Steve George)