1. [top] A housing development on the edge of undeveloped desert in California. The state’s history as a frontier of prosperity and glamour faces an uncertain future as the fourth year of severe water shortages has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to mandate a 25 percent reduction in non-agricultural water use, April 3, 2015. Photo credit: Damon Winter / The New York Times — in Cathedral City, California.
2. A property surrounded by desert in California, April 3, 2015. Photo credit: Damon Winter / The New York Times — in Palm Springs, California.
3. This picture shows a single house standing in the middle of a highway in China. Before the home was demolished it stood as a symbol of resistance for Chinese homeowners who have been forced to make way for massive infrastructure projects, November 22, 2014. Photo credit: STR / AFP / Getty Images — in Wenlinghsien, Zhejiang, China.
4. A six-floor villa sits alone in a construction site in the central business district of Shenzhen. Choi Chu Cheung, the owner of the villa, and his wife Zhang Lian-hao, refused to accept the compensation offered by the developer who plans to build a financial center on the site, on April 17, 2007. Photo credit: Paul Yeung / Reuters — in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
5. A building sits on its own island of land amid construction all around it in China. The homeowner, who has hung a banner and the national flag in protest, had refused to sell to a developer who went ahead with construction around the site, on March 22, 2007. Photo credit: China Photos / Getty Images — in Chongqing Shi, Chongqing, China.
6. A “nail house,” the last building in the area, sits in the middle of a road under construction in China. According to local media, the owner of the house didn’t reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition, April 10, 2015. Photo credit: Reuters — in Nanning Shi, Guangxi, China.