Travel to China: Shanghai: the New Chinese City: Photo 12
A cluster of Lujiazui towers. The arc-topped building is the World Finance Tower. To the right of it is the China Merchants Building. The touble-topped structure is the China Insurance Building.
Impressive? The Shanghai Development Corporation sought masterplans for Pudong from several famous architects, including Richard Rogers; it implemented none. In Building Shanghai (2006), Edward Denison and Guang Yu Ren are caustic about the result: "The city's chance to become a truly great metropolis was sacrificed by big business and politics. Money ensured that ill-considered short-term plans and vacuous designs won approval for Pudong, turning the show window of China into a grisly spectable of brash and irrelevant structures whose sole yet empty claim was their height" (p. 218).
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