Thursday, March 26, 2009

Building the Dragon 龙建筑风格

Shanghai is a city that has been radically transformed in the last 20 year, and the architectural landscape is where this is most evident. The innovative style that can be seen all over the cities newest parts are exactly what people might have imagined a 21st city to look like 30 or 40 years age.

The ultimate Shanghainese landmark is the Pearl Tower. Built in the early 1990's, the tower, although its not the tallest or most expensive building in Pudong, is definitely the most representative of the futurist ideals that have driven the edifices of the super skyscrapers in Shanghai.

Spherical, crystaline structures bend and jut up throught the stiff cement buildings of the city's historical past. At night, the city flashes and all the the neon colors, which are normaly hidden by day light, resinate up throught the narrow throughways.

Shanghai is a city that wears its creative ambitions on its sleave.

Pearl Tower

Zhong Shan Park

Pudong Financial district

Cloud 9

Shanghai Dream Theater

Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

Shanghai Night Landscape

Shanghai at night

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