Featured Image for China’s Nail Houses: owners refusing to budge for the sake of development
Trends

China’s Nail Houses: owners refusing to budge for the sake of development

The West doesn’t look too kindly on China’s human rights record. But while homeowners across the US can have their property seized by any government official brandishing an ’eminent decree’ order, the Chinese don’t seem so gung ho. At least in some cases. This means that rather than the bulldozers barreling in and flattening whatever they choose, they need to work around the problem, literally.

This has led to hundreds of so-called Nail Houses, or properties whose owners refuse to budge, and who therefore end up a lone island amid a sea of new development. And good on them, say I.

On a construction site of a shopping mall, Chongqing, China, 2007
Liede Village, China, 2007
Shanghai, 2007
Shanghai, 2007
Shanghai, 2007
JBL Bar Series

Transform your living room into a cinema with the JBL Bar Series. With JBL's mind-blowing SoundShift technology, signature surround sound, wireless Bluetooth streaming and an effortlessly sleek design, it brings the ultimate home cinema experience.

Click here to find out more.