A product of rapid urbanization, Chongqing has doubled its population in the past 10 years and it is still growing rapidly. It is a very dense, poorly planned, polluted city, suffering from lack of green and civic spaces, and severe environmental degradation. Its most interesting characteristic is its incompleteness and constant fluctuation. Buildings are being constantly torn down for taller ones to take their place. In many ways it is a Ballardian, post-apocalyptic cityscape dominated by high-rises and crowd congestion. A city that keeps growing upwards, detaching itself from the ground. Its planning and layout have been affected to a large extent by the irregular topography resulting in peculiar urban phenomena.