There’s an unsettling real estate trend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apartment construction is brisk, there is wide availability and sales are active. One thing missing is inhabitants. Much of the desirable inventory is sold as investment properties to foreign buyers who then leave the units empty, often for years at a time. This trend has created buildings that resemble modern ghost towns and resentment among the local working population who are priced out of what should be a plentiful housing market.
This project looks at these investment properties, both emulating and critiquing the real estate market's desire to sell a lifestyle and sound financial decision.