Since mid-October 2009, MovingCities is based on the 26st floor of a tower located in Shanghai‘s Jing’an District, one the city’s most densely populated districts – bordering the Huangpu District in the East, and Suzhou Creek to the North. Somewhere in front of us two towers are under construction. It is not that they are adding one floor each day – don’t believe the hype – but, in the course of three months, progress has been visible. Some stop-motion/paparazzi impressions from a city, slowly but steady, going up.
According to some, Jing’an District is today occupying a dominant position in the urban construction of Shanghai, a symbol of new Shanghai in the 21st century, something which is in line with the ambitions for the district, expressed in the “11th Five-Year Plan” (2007-2012). In this period the 7.62 sq-km area (with an approximate population of 436, 600) should achieve the total capacity of business and office buildings of 4 million m2, lead the city in terms of the concentration of international brands (…) create 100,000 new jobs (…) and significantly improve people’s living standards; upgrade the urban infrastructure, improve the housing and transportation conditions to a great extent.
Next to this, today’s Jing’an District should form four functional images: 1. being a landmark area of Shanghai international shopping center; 2. being a key area of international professional service industry; 3. being a mainstream area of Shanghai international culture and fashion center; and 4. be a modern urban residential area.
As for how this image is being constructed, we’ll follow up later this week.
For now, a close-up on construction, steady as it goes.
Pictures by movingcities.org