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Architecture and Identity

A booming financial centre, Shanghai is rapidly gaining global economic importance. Since the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, it has been one of the five Chinese cities open to the West. Its strategic geographical position - the word Shanghai translates as “on the sea” - has made it the gateway through which global capital, brands and top talents enter China from the rest of the world. 

After the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Shanghai underwent rapid and far-reaching transformation of its social structure and urban architecture. Set against its historic backdrop, Shanghai’s modernity is the result of this cultural ‘contamination’ between Western and Chinese cultures. As a consequence, it is a city of paradoxes, an amalgam of Western practices and Chinese mindset, testifying to an extraordinary story of growth and...

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