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Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a Huge Candy-Colored Chinese-Built Ghost City in Angola
Posted By Andrew Michler On July 24, 2012 @ 5:32 pm In Architecture,gallery,global development | 1 Comment
Kilamba is near Luanda, Angola’s capital, and it is mostly made up of a collection of 750 identical 5-, 8- and 11-story buildings. To help identify neighborhoods (we assume), entire blocks are painted in bright primary colors. The development stretches across 12,355 acres with lots of parking and green lawns almost completely devoid of actual residences.
The BBC video of the town shows a few workers watering lawns or walking on the sidewalk but not a single car in site. Ten percent of the apartments are reportedly sold but at a starting price of $100,000, few people even in the relatively wealthy capital can afford them.
It’s hard to see how the city will ever prosper due to the centrally-planned, rainbow-hued cluster bomb of buildings. The car-dependent culture disconnected from the capital and lack of basic amenities like local shopping and gathering places seem to doom the development to the scrap heap. From Chicago’s Cabrini Green  to Soviet Era block housing , few mega-scale housing projects lead to a better life for the occupants. More likely the housing will end up serving an immigrant population feeding the flow of oil to China in the coming years, a bastion of the worst in 21st century economics.
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URLs in this post:
 China International Trust and Investment Corporation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CITIC_Group
 candy-colored : http://inhabitat.com/candy-colored-lollipop-house-is-a-swirling-energy-efficient-home-in-s-korea/
 midrise apartments: http://inhabitat.com/tour-bois-le-pretre-60s-parisian-social-housing-tower-renovated-into-gleaming-efficient-apartment-complex/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/Kilamba-Angola-ghost-city-5.jpg
 BBC video : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18680217
 Cabrini Green: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini%E2%80%93Green
 Soviet Era block housing: http://inhabitat.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-green-building-from-tetris/
 Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-built-ghost-town-kilamba-angola-2012-7?op=1
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