1st Edition

Global Shanghai Remade The Rise of Pudong New Area

By Richard Hu, Weijie Chen Copyright 2020
    290 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Examining the rise of Pudong and its role in re-creating Shanghai as a global city, Global Shanghai Remade utilises this important case study to shed light on contemporary globalisation and China’s integration with the world since the late 20th century.

    Unpacking the rise of Pudong in the context of Deng Xiaoping’s nation-building agenda, this book explores the development of the district from its earliest planning into a global city centre through multiple perspectives. In doing so, it explores the role of key decision-makers and actors, the strategic planning process, the approaches to urban development, and some of the iconic projects that define the rise of Pudong, Shanghai, and China itself. A timely volume for the 30th anniversary of China’s strategy of ‘developing and opening Pudong,’ it combines the analyses and findings from these perspectives into a framework for a broader understanding of city-making with Chinese characteristics.

    The first study of its kind, providing a comprehensive and systematic examination of Pudong, this book will be useful for students and scholars of urban planning and design, as well as Chinese Studies and Development Studies more generally.

    Foreword, Saskia Sassen

    1. The Dragon's Head 

    2. Makers and Making 

    3. Planning Greater Shanghai 

    4. Planning Pudong New Area

    5. The Financial City 

     6. The Science City 

    7. Urban Icons 

    8. City Making with Chinese Characteristics


    Richard Hu is a Professor of Urban Planning and Design at University of Canberra, Australia. He co-authored Crafting Innovative Places for Australia’s Knowledge Economy (2019) and Designing the Global City: Design Excellence, Competitions and the Remaking of Central Sydney (2019).

    Weijie Chen is President of Pudong Planning & Architecture, Vice President of Shanghai Pudong New Area Urban Planning Association, and ex-Vice President of Shanghai Pudong New Area Urban Planning and Design Research Institute.

    "Hu and Chen have written the definitive account of Shanghai’s Pudong New Area. The text, supplemented by excellent maps and data graphics, documents how Deng Xiaoping’s bold strategy preserved and deepened China’s ‘reform and opening-up’ and generated a booming new centre of finance, science, and innovation of 5 million people. Pudong can also serve as a model for other dynamic hubs in the world city network. Meticulously researched and clearly presented for a world audience, Global Shanghai Remade is a ‘must read’ for planners and policy makers interested in planning history, global cities, urban design, place making, iconic architecture, city branding, urban governance, innovation, the world economy, and urban planning with Chinese characteristics."

    Richard LeGates, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies & Planning, San Francisco State University

    "Hu and Chen’s compelling and richly illustrated biography of Shanghai’s Pudong New Area contributes a remarkable and much needed dimension to our understanding of urban growth. Employing keen historical analysis, these authors have captured, as no others, the vivid dynamics of rapid urbanisation that propelled the ‘Dragon’s Head’ with its bright ‘Eye’ into the highest ranks of global cities."

    Eugenie L. Birch, Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania

    "Global Shanghai Remade is the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of the making of Pudong produced to date. Its scope deals with the finance, planning, design and construction of Pudong in an accessible manner that students of Chinese urbanisation will relish. For anyone looking to understand China’s rise as a global finance and political superpower one must appreciate the making of Pudong as a key part of the infrastructure needed to platform China’s emergence. Hu and Chen have produced the definitive study of the ambition and execution of that infrastructure. This story is key to understanding China today."

    Richard Marshall, International Strategy Director, Perkins+Will