Book Launch

Book Launch
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shanghai Study Centre, No. 298, North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou District
Shanghai, China
Book Launch
Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center

Book Launch 新書发布会
Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center
城中之隙  上海城市中心地帶空间发展中的創意性合作
(2017, Birkhäuser, ISBN 978-3035611045)

Dr. Ying Zhou [
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Darren Zhou
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, HKUSSC, The University of Hong Kong
Principal, SKEW Collaborative, Shanghai

Summary of New Book 新書簡介

Taking cases from the until-now little-analyzed un-demolished remains of city center neighborhoods in Shanghai, the book Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center by Dr. Ying Zhou will unpack the seemingly anarchic and opportunistic urban spatial production system of the contemporary Chinese city to address what has perplexed Western public as well as scholars alike.

Going behind the scenes in neighborhoods that increasingly appear like trend quarters in the West, it will divulge how the effortless vibe that is experienced today were imagined, constructed, and then scripted. The constellation of actors, from the expanding global network of multilingual cosmopolites to the dialect-speaking local party officials, form the malleable public-private alliances that are producing the newest forms for urban reuse, creative production, consumption, and heritage protection. Under an institutional framework that remains uniquely Chinese, how the ambiguous property rights and the institutional vestiges from planned economy could harbor an entrepreneurial prowess and creative potential that is a remarkable manifestation of globalization in the context of its changing local institutions reveals the logic behind a ‘China Dream.’



 Author Biography 作者介紹

Dr. Ying Zhou is currently assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)’s Department of Architecture. Her research interest on the relationship of contemporary urban developments and the growth of cultural industries and new economies in East Asian cities, global linkages and architectural knowledge exchanges developed from her work with the chair of Kees Christiaanse at the Future Cities Lab of the Singapore-ETH Centre and with the chair of Herzog & de Meuron at the ETH Studio Basel. Born in Shanghai, Ying holds a B.S.E. in Architecture and Engineering from Princeton, a M.Arch. from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, a Ph.D. from the ETHZ, and was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Stuttgart. She has practiced and taught in New York, Shanghai, Detroit, Boston, Basel and Hong Kong.

周穎博士目前是香港大學建築系助理教授。她的研究集中在當代城市發展及東亞城市文化產業與新興經濟體,全球聯繫和建築知識交流。她的研究来源于她所曾在的新加坡-瑞士聯邦理工大學未来城市实验室Kees Christiaanse教席及瑞士聯邦理工大學巴塞尔工作室Herzog & de Meuron教席的工作。周穎生於上海,擁有普林斯頓建築與工程學院本科學位,哈佛大學設計研究生院碩士學學位,瑞士聯邦理工大學博士學學位,也曾是在斯图加特大學的富布莱特獎國際訪問學者。她曾在纽约、上海、底特律、波士顿、巴塞尔和香港从事實踐和教学工作。