Urban Historian Lewis Mumford once mentioned there exists this kind of city that he referred as the “instant city”. Unlike old cities like those in Europe, the instant city has a cluster of tall buildings that make the city instantly recognizable from miles away. These instant cities are built to impress. Shenzhen is kind of like that. As a designated special economic district, Shenzhen is constantly replacing its old neighborhood with taller and bigger buildings. The result is a city that keeps re-making itself. But is the quality of life in Shenzhen better than before?
houhai ave, shenzhen – 4:21pm, mar 6, 2012