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Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

NEXUSVII MADMAXX

NEXUSVII MADMAXX

The ‘Hanging Villa of Beijing’ was an infamous 1000 square meters illegal rooftop structure built between 2007 and 2013 on top of the Park View building, a 26-story high-end residential complex in Beijing’s Haidian district. Commissioned by Zhang Biqing, a wealthy acupuncture clinic owner and self-proclaimed doctor, the two-story structure covered in artifical rocks and complete with walkways, shrubs, grape trellises, a pond and a waterfall,was built around an existing rooftop apartment owned by Zhang (also the owner of the 26th floor apartment right below).

Despite the obvious risks posed to the structural integrity of the building and the repeated complaints by furious neighbors, Zhang’s megalomania was left uninvestigated for six years until wide news media coverage in late 2013 eventually forced Beijing authorities to order the structure to be teared down. Dismantlement is still ongoing.

Andrei Tarkovsky and crew on the set of The Sacrifice, 1985

Andrei Tarkovsky and crew on the set of The Sacrifice, 1985

Madlib - 6 Variations Of In The Rain

Water without SoundsKatsura FunakoshiPainted camphor wood and marble, 1995

Water without Sounds
Katsura Funakoshi
Painted camphor wood and marble, 1995

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