New work: China’s Demolition Economy

Workers break away bricks and concrete to find rebar and other metals for salvage in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

I’ve posted a new essay, “The Demolition Economy,” to the main section of my website. Taken over the course of a few months, and still continuing, the work examines the huge demolition infrastructure that moves from neighborhood to neighborhood as development and construction ventures pop up around China’s large cities. First the buildings are marked, then the mallets and heavy machines begin the destruction, and eventually small communities form to salvage any usable metal, wood, or bricks. When an area is exhausted, after being picked over for months, the whole machine moves to another location.

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