The Instant City

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


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