Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade

Paperback | November 5, 2014

byAnna Greenspan

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China is in the midst of the fastest and most intense process of urbanization the world has ever known, and Shanghai - its biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan city - is positioned for acceleration into the twenty-first century.Yet, in its embrace of a hopeful - even exultant - futurism, Shanghai recalls the older and much criticized project of imagining, planning and building the modern metropolis. Today, among Westerners, at least, the very idea of the futuristic city - with its multilayered skyways, domestic robots andflying cars - seems doomed to the realm of nostalgia, the sadly comic promise of a future that failed to materialize.Shanghai Future maps the city of tomorrow as it resurfaces in a new time and place. It searches for the contours of an unknown and unfamiliar futurism in the city's street markets as well as in its skyscrapers. For though it recalls the modernity of an earlier age, Shanghai's current re-emergence isonly superficially based on mimicry. Rather, in seeking to fulfill its ambitions, the giant metropolis is reinventing the very idea of the future itself. As it modernizes, Shanghai is necessarily recreating what it is to be modern.

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China is in the midst of the fastest and most intense process of urbanization the world has ever known, and Shanghai - its biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan city - is positioned for acceleration into the twenty-first century.Yet, in its embrace of a hopeful - even exultant - futurism, Shanghai recalls the older and much criticized...

Anna Greenspan is a Shanghai-based philosopher who focuses on urbanism and digital culture. She teaches at New York University in Shanghai.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Shanghai is a global metropolis that constantly seeks to outdo itself. Those who arrive in the city for the first time are routinely shocked and awed by its dizzying skyline, bursting urbanism, and glaring ambitions. Anna Greenspan uses this adopted home to delve into the intriguing questionof the future city. Drawing on a wide range of materials and first-hand observations, Greenspan convincingly shows how Shanghai and China will continue to reshape the world and redefine our imaginations of the future." --Tong Lam, author of Abandoned Futures and A Passion for Facts.