The transformation of Shanghai is unique in its speed, scale, and politics. Shanghai Transforming Blog is an on-going project to continue to develop a picture of the changing city. Shanghai Transforming is a research project, a publication edited by Iker Gil of MAS Studio and was exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech.
(The construction of the Shanghai Tower is a testament to architectural skill and China’s growing economic power, but does this come at the expense of vibrant street life? Photo by Jerry Yang/Flickr.)
Shanghai Tower, designed by transnational architecture design tycoon Gensler, will soon become the third tallest building in the world this year. Once complete, it will proudly join Shanghai’s already crowded skyline, which currently consists of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao, and the Shanghai World Finance Center. The tower is located in the locality of Luijiazui, China. Twenty years ago, Luijiazui was mainly farmland with simply a handful of warehouses and wharfs. Two decades later, it has become China’s Wall Street, with Lujiazui’s Finance and Trade Zone being the only finance and trade zone amongst the 185 state-level development zones in China. Yet, this massive economic growth and the ensuing architectural achievements come with large questions of what this will mean for access and walkability within China’s cities. (Sustainable Cities Collective)
Since Anna Greenspan came to Shanghai 12 years ago, she spent years roaming the streets and alleyways, exploring its different neighbors.
The professor of urbanism and digital culture at New York University Shanghai then encountered with a number of questions in the city’s highly accelerated and intense process of urbanization.
She maps the city’s future in her new book “Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade.”
Though Shanghai is already the major economic hub, Greenspan sees its ambition to go far beyond occupying a position similar to London or New York in 19th and 20th centuries. Shanghai, the “metropolis of the future,” will reshape the concept of modernity unprecedentedly and unanticipated. (Shanghai Daily)
Following on the success of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the British Council’s 2012 arts projects on Regent Street, which paired architects and retailers to create innovative shop windows, the RIBA Windows Project at Shanghai Xintiandi will take to the streets of Shanghai this year from 28 March to 4 May.
This year’s exhibition will be larger than before and as in past years it will pair professional teams of architects with innovative retailers. This year’s partnerships are: Ziggy Chen and Delvendahl Martin Architects; Exception and NEX; EIN and Haptic; Davidson Tsui and Mamou-Mani & Arup Associates; Pelle Moda and Marjus Jatsch Partners & Ballistic Architecture Machine; Tayohya and naganJohnson; Moleskin and Carl Turner Architects; PH7 and Gundry & Ducker; Sushibar Ichininmae and LEAD; and Rubis Spa and Divercity. These architects will be joined by UNStudio, which has been tapped to create a large scale outdoor public arts installation dubbed ‘Mirror Lane’ that explores the role of display in Shanghai and will serve as a gateway to the installations. (World Architecture News)
Buildings in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area turn off their lights last night as part of the Earth Hour global environmental campaign that aims to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for green projects this year. (Shanghai Daily)
(The Power Station of Art, modeled on the Tate Modern, opened in 2012 and is situated in a former electric plant. Courtesy Power Station of Art, Shanghai)
Shanghai—China’s largest city, with an estimated population of 23 million plus an additional 8 million visitors annually—is in the process of transforming itself into China’s cultural capital. Ten years ago, when tourists interested in art came to Shanghai, their choices were limited to two museums: the Shanghai Museum, a 422,000-square-foot institution built in 1996 as a home for Chinese antiquities; and the Shanghai Art Museum, a much smaller facility housed in the clubhouse of a former race track, a colonial structure devoted to exhibitions of modern and contemporary Chinese art. Today, Shanghai tourists have a choice of no fewer than ten contemporary-art museums, most of them private ventures supported by individual investors. (ARTnews LLC)
(This sprawling, enigmatic building is sited in the swampy hinterlands an hour from downtown Shanghai. Photo by Iwan Baan)
Barely three years old, the sprawling HQ building that Morphosis built for a Chinese tech billionaire outside Shanghai – with its rearing dragon-like form – is looking more like a nostalgic nod to an analogue past of Western-trophy architecture than the digital future, as Dan Borden reports. (uncube)