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Shanghai 2035 by A-ASTERISK

2009. 27 June

( The Japanese studio A-ASTERISK presented us 'Shanghai 2035'. This is a concept design for the future of shanghai city on 300 meters above the ground.

Shanghai, 2009

In 2009, the population of Shanghai is increased to 24.50 million, including the 6.50 million of migrant workers. The city today has a rare situation that cannot be seen in any other countries.

Their population is raised by the pace of 300,000 every year, expecting to reach 50.00 million by the government's rural reformation policy, causing to create an aging society and an extreme cleavage in society between the rich and the poor and yet their building construction is still ongoing and is growing rapidly.

The urban renewal planning has been launched as the city, after the olympic 2008, will hold an expo in 2010, but will it really change the life, or the appeal, of the city substantially?

It might establish a clean city equipped with functions like subway and all, but it might as well encounter some of the problems in the city planning where they might see new towns becoming ghost towns, urban sprawl, the development of two-dimensional city and thus a loss in the city's appeal.

Shanghai, 2035

There is a necessity to picture the next Shanghai. The necessity is not defined by the urban renewal where they put the priority in the road planning and such, but it is defined by the enhancement of the city's appeal and the improvement of life itself in future. After the Shanghi expo in 2010, we will try to picture the city of refreshed history, economy, appeal and life, aiming to the year 2035 where the alternation of generations will happen.

I have planned a solid network, which may refresh the city while taking the appeal and the life of Shanghi into consideration. Featuring an "air" city and the ground city that will prevent the loss of green and the land, the network will promote the correlation between the life in the air level and the grand level. 

Making the most of the tall buildings and extending the verticality and the availability of publicized facilities to 300m up in the air, I will create new city layers. While preserving the current buildings and historical buildings, The new city layers will function not only as the infrastructure of the air level and the ground level, but also the high quality network refined by the object and the operation of the city.


Project name: SHANGHAI 2035

Location: Shanghai China

Principle use: Urban concept

Site area: 6,340 sqm ~

Design: A-ASTERISK (Nobuhiro NAKAMURA)

Collaborate with: OUVI_inc. (Shin YOKOO)

Design period: Oct 2008 ~ Jun 2009

Photographer: Shuhei KAIHARA

Perspective: GAO Dayong