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Author Balfour, Alan (Alan H.), author

Title Shanghai / Alan Balfour, Zheng Shiling
Published Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Academy, 2002


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 MELB FOLIO  720.951132 Bal/Sha  AVAILABLE
Description 368 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 cm
Series World cities
World cities.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Introduction (Alan Balfour). -- Imperial Cities (Alan Balfour). -- Shanghai (Alan Balfour). -- Photo Essay: Yu Yuan Gardens, River Towns, Old City (Alan Balfour). -- British Shanghai (Alan Balfour). -- Twin Cities (Alan Balfour). -- Photo Essay: Survivors, The Bund, Jing'an Temple (Alan Balfour). -- Architecture Before 1949 (Zheng Shiling). -- Japanese Occupation (Alan Balfour) -- The Communist City (Alan Balfour). -- Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism (Zheng Shiling). -- Challenges and Potentials (Zheng Shiling). -- Photo Essay: New Homes, Chinoiserie, Pudong, Nanjing Road (Alan Balfour). -- Shanghai: Better and Better (Xia Liqing). -- Shanghai Builds. -- Projects. -- Dreams. -- Maps. -- Epilogue (Alan Balfour). -- Table of Chinese Dynasties. -- Bibliography. -- Index
Summary "In the last decade Shanghai has been transformed into a city of world significance. Its speed and ambition are hardly equalled in history. Understanding this and the historical context within which it has taken place is in the best interests of the Western world."
"This change, from a monumental relic of colonial ambition and Chinese confusion into one of the most aggressively international mercantile cities in the world, has seen Shanghai emerging, not as some naive representation of Western reality, but out of the 3000-year history of urban culture in China - a culture whose rational administrative and financial structure has in many past ages managed human populations in a state of harmony and prosperity unmatched in the West. The dynastic capitals of China from Xian to Beijing have until the last two centuries been the power centres of the nation, reinforcing the absolute divine power of the Emperor. The emergence of a commercial capital able to rival Beijing in power and influence creates an as yet unresolved disturbance in the deep structure of Chinese culture."
"All this is being embedded and supported in an explosion of building of unprecedented scale and ambition, as demonstrated in this book. World Cities: Shanghai; showcases the most significant recent buildings, ongoing projects and possible future developments in this, one of the world's most fascinating and culturally complex metropolises."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 364) and index
Subject Architecture -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture -- China -- Shanghai -- 20th century.
Architecture -- China -- Shanghai -- History.
City planning -- China -- Shanghai -- History.
City planning -- China -- Shanghai.
Architecture, Modern -- China -- Shanghai.
Shanghai (China) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Genre/Form Bildband
Author Zheng, Shiling.
LC no. 2002283263
ISBN 0471877336