Architectural Photography

Erosion

The Last Days of a Populist Neighborhood: Donjiadu, Shanghai


  • Introduction by
  • Rodolphe el-Khoury
  •  
  • Photography by
  • Nic Lehoux
  •  
  • Edited by
  • Oscar Riera Ojeda
  •  

Erosion

The Last Days of a Populist Neighborhood: Donjiadu, Shanghai

Architectural Photography

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  • contributors

  • Introduction by Rodolphe el-Khoury
  • Photography by Nic Lehoux
  • Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda
  • specifications

  • Edition: English Language
  • Size: 8.5 x 10 in / 215.9 x 254 mm
  • Format: Portrait
  • Pages: 184
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Photographs: 100
  • Weight: 1.0 kgs
  • Rights: World Rights Available
  • Price: USD $40 / €36 / ₤26
  • description

  • Erosion is the fruit of a month long exploration of the oldest working class neighborhood in Shanghai, China. In May 2010, while on assignment photographing the pavilions of the Shanghai World Expo, Nic Lehoux diverted his attention to the dizzying change in the urban landscape of Shanghai. Daytime photo shoots for clients at the Expo site were followed by nighttime roaming in this fascinating labyrinth of meandering streets. The crumbling 300 year old urban textures and tight community fabric are being eradicated by successive waves of aseptic high rises, where cultural and neighborhood sensitivities are seen as obstacles to the need for modernization. This photodocument was photographed in Nic's "c" style, in which the flavour of the neighborhood and its inhabitants are captured as much as the disappearing architecture itself. Over the course of 20 days, entire chunks of Donjiadu were wiped out, as space for new high rises was made available. By 2011, the entire neighborhood had disappeared. This document therefore seeks not only to preserve in photographs what was, but to question and reflect on the consequences of this massive wave of unprecedented urban renewal which has swept throughout China in the last decade. These powerful images act as a final, telling documentation of the old Donjiadu. It is the latest in an ongoing series of photoessays by architectural photographer Nic Lehoux that explores various themes related to the evolution of urban landscapes.
  • biographies

  • Nic Lehoux is a Canadian architectural photographer who works with architects that push the boundaries of design of the built environment. Nic is regularly commissioned to document significant buildings around the world with his unique eye, lighting and sense of composition. His images are frequently published in the international architectural press. His professional work puts a particular emphasis on incorporating people within tightly-composed architectural photographs. Nic is influenced by the concept of the “decisive moment” – popularized by Henri Cartier-Bresson – which he adapts to the rigors of architectural photography. His images therefore serve as a reflection on the interaction of people with the built environment.

    Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the Miami University School of Architecture.
    He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. el-Khoury was trained as a historian and as an architect; he continues to divide his time between scholarship and practice with Khoury Levit Fong. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House, an Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, and States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo. His award-winning projects with KLF include Beirut Martyrs’ Square (AIA San Francisco), MOCAPE, Shenzhen (AIA Cleveland), Market Square, Stratford (Boston Society of Architects). In 2012 KLF won international design competitions for a planning exhibition hall in Changzhi, China, and for the revitalization of Copley Square in Boston.

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Erosion is the fruit of a month long exploration of the oldest working class neighborhood in Shanghai, China. In May 2010, while on assignment photographing the pavilions of the Shanghai World Expo, Nic Lehoux diverted his attention to the dizzying change in the urban landscape of Shanghai. Daytime photo shoots for clients at the Expo site were followed by nighttime roaming in this fascinating labyrinth of meandering streets. The crumbling 300 year old urban textures and tight community fabric are being eradicated by successive waves of aseptic high rises, where cultural and neighborhood sensitivities are seen as obstacles to the need for modernization. This photodocument was photographed in Nic's "c" style, in which the flavour of the neighborhood and its inhabitants are captured as much as the disappearing architecture itself. Over the course of 20 days, entire chunks of Donjiadu were wiped out, as space for new high rises was made available. By 2011, the entire neighborhood had disappeared. This document therefore seeks not only to preserve in photographs what was, but to question and reflect on the consequences of this massive wave of unprecedented urban renewal which has swept throughout China in the last decade. These powerful images act as a final, telling documentation of the old Donjiadu. It is the latest in an ongoing series of photoessays by architectural photographer Nic Lehoux that explores various themes related to the evolution of urban landscapes.

  • Introduction by Rodolphe el-Khoury
  • Photography by Nic Lehoux
  • Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda

Contributors Biographies

Nic Lehoux is a Canadian architectural photographer who works with architects that push the boundaries of design of the built environment. Nic is regularly commissioned to document significant buildings around the world with his unique eye, lighting and sense of composition. His images are frequently published in the international architectural press. His professional work puts a particular emphasis on incorporating people within tightly-composed architectural photographs. Nic is influenced by the concept of the “decisive moment” – popularized by Henri Cartier-Bresson – which he adapts to the rigors of architectural photography. His images therefore serve as a reflection on the interaction of people with the built environment.

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the Miami University School of Architecture.
He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. el-Khoury was trained as a historian and as an architect; he continues to divide his time between scholarship and practice with Khoury Levit Fong. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House, an Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, and States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo. His award-winning projects with KLF include Beirut Martyrs’ Square (AIA San Francisco), MOCAPE, Shenzhen (AIA Cleveland), Market Square, Stratford (Boston Society of Architects). In 2012 KLF won international design competitions for a planning exhibition hall in Changzhi, China, and for the revitalization of Copley Square in Boston.

  • Edition:English Language
  • Size:8.5 x 10 in / 215.9 x 254 mm
  • Format:Portrait
  • Pages:184
  • Binding:Hardcover
  • Photographs:100
  • Weight:1.0 kgs
  • Rights:World Rights Available
  • Price:USD $40 / €36 / ₤26