Abandoned City

Saturday, 22 March, 2014

The city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia is filled with office towers, government buildings, museums, theatres, cinemas and sports fields — not to mention acre upon acre of apartments and bungalows. The only problem: Ordos was designed to house one million people, yet hardly anyone lives there.

The phenomenon of China’s empty places has been well documented in recent years, as has the tragedy of Ireland’s ghost estates and the calamity of Spain’s spectral airports. For the architects of all these follies, Hauschka, aka Volker Bertelmann, has composed Abandoned City, a melodic exploration of vacant spaces that’s all melancholy and menace. This is a contender for our “Album of the Year.”

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