If you've ever doubted the necessity of architects—and the political will to employ them for the greater good—then check out Bendiksen's photos online, where you can experience the breathtaking scale and squalor of these worlds-within-cities, in a nifty and engrossing slideshow with natural sound from the people and places he spent two years photographing.
Bendiksen, who shoots for Magnum, is also the author of Satellites, another stellar photo-essay on the orphaned enclaves, rootless cities, and Soyuz landing zones on the southern fringe of the former USSR.
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.