May 13, 2015
On Wednesday afternoon the group headed to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center which is located near the People’s Square, one of the busiest areas in the city. The Exhibition Center was created in 2000 to showcase the incredible transformations that Shanghai has undergone in the past decades. However, the goal is not only to show the past and present of the city but also highlight the future for this city of approximately 35 million residents.
One of the most impressive parts of the exhibition is the 600m2 model of the downtown area of Shanghai. This model gives the audience a clearer idea of the magnitude of the city and its planning for the future across its different districts which are essentially their own cities within the larger metropolitan area. Next to the model is the “Journey of Wonder in Shanghai,” which is an amazing 3D circular animation portraying the landscape of the city and incorporating futuresque elements, captivating the interest of our group.
Finally, on the top floor of the exhibition there is series of maps of the city dating back to 1898 that present the growth of Shanghai. The maps outline the evolution of the administrative distribution of the city into several districts. Over time the maps also incorporate the changes in the city’s roads, traffic and transportation system. Witnessing the changes, development, and future vision for Shanghai in the exhibition served to complement the group’s understanding of the dynamic transformations being carried out throughout China.