Urban Planet: Wenling’s Nail House

Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

Luo Baogen’s house is the  last holdout on the new highway outside of Wenling, China. The highway required the demolition of an entire neighbourhood to provide access to a newly built railway station. According to the article posted on Archinect, these so called ‘nail houses’ “occasionally have resorted to violence. Some homeowners have set themselves on fire in protests. Often, they keep 24-hour vigils because developers will shy away from bulldozing homes when people are inside.”

Image from Archinect

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