source: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Shanghai-Skyscrapers-Posters_i8649610_.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: http://www.jkr.co.uk/design-gazette/chinese-graffiti/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artyj/299806448/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.jkr.co.uk/design-gazette/chinese-graffiti/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.jkr.co.uk/design-gazette/chinese-graffiti/

 

China is undergoing massive urbanization in human history which can be clearly observed in Shanghai’s development. The city’s population is now almost 18 million, and is forecast to rise to 25 million by 2020 and it now has more skyscrapers than New York City

In fast-forward process of constructing futuristic skyscrapers and intensifying land use, public spaces has become lesser and smaller as compared to how it used to be. Low rise dwellings and farms are demolished to make way for forest of skyscrapers therefore, public communal spaces and sidewalks are predicted to become less interactive and monotonous  as what normally happened to other developed countries.

However, it is quite amazing that there are still some interesting transient activities such as street calligraphy that happen within the futuristic city which helps to bring back the nostalgic feeling back to the Chinese community.  The ambiance of empty plazas and sidewalks are instantaneously changed with the existence of these activities. Is the creativity of the community or is it the designer’s intentions?