The rapid growth of Chinas’ economy within the last decade is convoyed by a boom of the construction industry. Streets and blocks of houses appear over night. Owners disappear and are replanted in newly constructed gated communities.
But not all of them gave up fighting and against expectation there are a number of so called ‘nail houses’ or even a ‘nail grave’ reported. Those houses are standing alone for example amid the ruins of other buildings, inside excavation holes or in the middle of a new street. While people fight for their homes the construction works continue next to them. Even some of the homeowners won their fights most of them have lost in the end.
Despite everything their stories and houses have become a symbol of resistance in China.