A study of the city of Shanghai, a city that is in the middle of a deep transformation
Shanghai Transforming is a study of the city of Shanghai, a city that is, at present, in the middle of a deep transformation in its physical structure that affects strongly the way its inhabitants use the city. The grand scale of the changes taking place in Shanghai and its almost unlimited possibilities mark this city as a future historical reference point in architecture and urbanism.
The book includes essays by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Sharon Haar, Peter G. Rowe, Saskia Sassen, Haolun Shu, Juan de Dios Perez, Greg Girard, Jonathan Miller, Silas Chiow, Xiangning Li, Xiaochun Zhang, Weigang Qiu, Sol Madridejos, Juan Carlos Sancho, and Philip Enquist.
Research for Shanghai Transforming was made possible by the Ruy de Clavijo 2006 grant awarded by Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain. Additional funding was provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Chicago.
Shanghai Transforming impressively weds full-color photographic spreads, infographics, maps, and original essays by the likes of Saskia Sassen, Robert Venturi, and Denise Scott-Brown into a coherent reading experience. The book roams back and forth across spatial scales, exploring a perhaps less well-known Shanghai of public infrastructure, scholars' gardens, administrative subdivisions, and the so-called "ghost streets" of England's steadily disappearing imperial presence.