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Shanghai | September 18, 2009

MovingCities resided the past two weeks in Shanghai. Giving a lecture on September 18 as part of the two week E-SCAPE POROSITY C8studio at Donghua University (background and outcome in upcoming post); we spent the rest of the time interviewing architects and running around with real-estate agents. While curving on the city’s elevated highways we made following mid-level metropolitan pictures. Do Highways Dream of Hyper-Cities?

Faster but further. As such was much of Shanghai’s urban development explained during the Urban Age Conference in July 2005. With speed, fastness, friction and hyper-development being the keywords of the contributions by Zheng Shiling and Deyan Sudjic, the conference was obsessed by the progress in Pudong and the ring of satellite cities around Shanghai.

More obsessions; when talking about the core of Shanghai, all observations seem to be narrowed down to a dogmatic reference to this 1982 movie. In Philip K. Dick’s 1968 original book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, the story is set in 1992. In the movie it is 2019. Could it be that for yet another decade we will be victims of this for convenience’s sake comparison?

Shanghai | September 18, 2009

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