In the contemporary urban landscape, and it seems in particular in the Romanian one, recently built residential complexes appear to be inherently paradoxical. They are marketed and presented as true oases of civilization in themselves. Looking at all the promotional materials, at a first glance, one might be fooled to believe he gains access to a paradise. All possible services, utilities and accommodations appear to be at a fingertip’s reach. Of course, as common sense probably dictates, this is not quite the case. Problems often plague the sites such as lack of proper utilities, difficult neighborhoods or various construction liabilities due to the quickened building process. In short, they are often far from the self-sustained “paradise” complexes the potential buyer imagined them to be.

Likewise, when reaching the vicinity of such a residential complex, another issue emerges and makes itself clear. Real estate logic (and space) forces this type of buildings to often rise in the periphery or the relatively secluded areas of a city. The formed landscape is thus, more often than not, that of an isolated small village instead of a cradle of civilization. The constructions themselves, seldom fully filled, when observed in their “natural environment” give off the air of abandoned towns.

One finds it hard to shake the feeling this is on a level, ironically, a ghost island.