Photo of the Week: Hai Zhang

We hope that you all had a great 4th of July weekend! Today we are introducing a new series that I am sure you have all seen elsewhere – but with an urban twist. Our Photo of the Week series will attempt to look at photographers, news and events, personal perspectives, and anything else we can find to visualize this diverse field we’ve immersed ourselves in. As urban planners visualizing society’s interaction with the built environment is a day-to-day necessity. Whether addressing open sewers in informal settlements or envisioning the next corporate green building, we have an obligation to understand the impact of our decisions on those around us – and a picture is worth a thousand words right?

You can help! We would love to have our readers showcase their work. If you are interested in having your photo posted on our website, please send an e-mail to Include “EncUrb Photo of the Week” in the subject line and please provide a brief description of the photo along with the attachment.

On to the photo…

Shenzhen: Moving-Out | Photo Credit: Hai Zhang Photography

This week’s photo was selected from photographer Hai Zhang who has been using photography as part of his research into housing issues in Shenzhen and Shanghai through the Rafael Vinoly Architecture Research Fellowship. I had the privilege of hearing him speak at an event hosted by the India-China Institute at The New School last October. His discussion, entitled “Moving Out, Living In” talked about the challenges of affordable housing for migrants in China, the emphasis on urban design, and his own frustrations working as an architect in such an environment. The housing research will be published in a book later this year.

To see more of his work, please check out:


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