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Architecture & Urban Design II (ARCH 4002) – Shanghai as Method: In search for the new public

Related Staff : Koon Wee

Studio Instructor: Koon Wee
Students: Chan Chelsea Ling-san; Chen Zhuowei; Liu Kemeng; Luo Jian; Ma Ching Yi; Sze Ying Ying Fanny; Tong Wing Hong; Wong Siu Ying Serena; Wu Juan; Wu Yuting; Zhao Xudong

The ambition of articulating Shanghai has to be linked to a methodological search, along the same vein as Learning from Las Vegas and Delirious New York, where the new theory is inextricably linked to a certain unique aspect of the city. This search is therefore an identification of the predisposition of Shanghai, which must direct us to a new urban manifesto. This new agenda would in turn cycle back through Shanghai, and sponsor yet newer discourses on the city. With the support of the Mayor’s office and planning bureau of the Xuhui District, students were asked to seek out new collaborative modes between a weaken public sector and a thriving commercial and private sector. This manner of interplay between competing agendas and modes brings to mind Arjun Appadurai’s edited book entitled The Social Life of Things: Commodities in cultural perspective. This reference calls upon two perspectives for the purpose of this characterization of Shanghai’s extra-territorial history, namely, the role of commerce, and the susceptibility to multiple socio-cultural positions. It is the hope that this studio will succeed in teasing out these positions.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE