Shanghai | July 2005

Shanghai, where one in five of its population is made up of temporary in-migrants from predominantly rural China, is the key city setting the pattern for the explosive urban growth in Asia. In 2005, Shanghai was the second in the Urban Age investigations on cities. It provided a chance to learn from a city in the midst of a spasm of change so violent that it questions the extent of human resilience, to explore the meaning of speed and friction. It is a city which is moving so fast that it’s possible to see the impact of theory on practice like nowhere else in the world.