0-4000 skyscrapers in three decades: no mean feat.
Timelapse of Shanghai’s skyscrapers from that many angles and vantage points – no mean feat either.
That this was accomplished with local Shanghainese synergy – bonus feat!
A wonderful example of cross-pollination significant in painting the narrative that it’s not all just us and them.
To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai….
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This is Shanghai
by Rob Whitworth
Source – Vimeo, published April 2013
In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.
Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Civil Engineering, Climate Change, Communications, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Finance, Infrastructure, Mapping Feelings, Migrant Workers, Nationalism, People, Population, Soft Power, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Video
November 11, 2011 • 10:21 pm
The East Asia Geographic Timelapse of rural and urban China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. This is an ongoing project by the brother and myself to document the world through his photography and my music. Do share the love – Thank you!
The East Asia Geographic Timelapse from Repro on Vimeo.
Filed under: Bob's Opinion, Domestic Growth, japan, Media, Video
4,000 tonne Chinese frigate off the Libyan coast amidst China’s condemnation of Libya air strikes. This is the first time a Chinese warship has ever sailed in the Mediterranean sea. This time it’s for humanitarian reasons – to evacuate its people, but the side effect of a display of military power overseas can not be missed; especially in a region where it is quickly making friends to secure commercial and resource interests.
Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, CNN, Economics, Influence, International Relations, Jasmine Revolution, Libya, Mapping Feelings, Overseas Chinese, Politics, Resources, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Video, Youtube
February 26, 2011 • 9:28 am
Boosting China’s capability via modernisation in a simple self critique – ‘A military without a world view is one without a hope‘ (Liberation Army Daily)
Filed under: Al Jazeera, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Influence, International Relations, Media, military, Politics, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Video
February 24, 2011 • 1:52 pm
More Chinese public diplomacy through cultural capital in media representation. – This time, one of the most classic Chinese heroes – the ‘Saint’ of Force, Guan Yu who is revered interestingly in Hong Kong by both sides of the law – the police and the triads comes to the fore. They pray and worship the same God that is Guan Yun-Chang.
Loosely, if Captain America is used as a diagrammatic opposite committed to one’s nation beyond reason, Guan Yu would be the Chinese version – all about brotherhood and loyalty to that brotherhood to the death, beyond reason.
Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Communications, Culture, Domestic Growth, Influence, Media, military, Nationalism, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Video, Youtube
February 15, 2011 • 4:15 pm
Largely positive images of cultural China in moving pictures, found on Youtube – 796,598 hits as of February 16, 2011 with 2,538 likes and 356 dislikes.
A sampling of the negative comments triggered by the video in the past 24 hours –
BOMB CHINA, SAVE THE WORLD!
k3nn1777 2 hours ago
Someone forgot to mention chinese expansionism, dictatorship, North Korea backing and the will to oppress individuality for the “sake” (haha) of the greater goods which is the rich and powerful men’s goods in the resume. China sucks, fuck China.
CroissantOrange 4 hours ago
History is never black and white. Those who talk in absolutes, unconditionals and unqualifieds, failing to deal with nuances and shades of greys are by definition, ignorant of history.
parsifal3142 14 hours ago
When you talk about History, you have to say the whole story, not the parts that statisfy you. The Cultural Revolution and the Leap Forward were truly the worse period in China even worse than Chiang Kai Chek. FACT
DemocracynowChina 23 hours ago
Filed under: Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Nationalism, People, Population, Public Diplomacy, Video
November 28, 2010 • 12:37 pm