Video: This is Shanghai

  • 07 Jul 2013
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A little over thirty years ago, was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no skyscrapers. Now, has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers – twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Video: This is Shanghai" 07 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • THX1138

    What an architecturally abysmal, crowded, dirty, noisy and polluted gigapolis it is. I pity the millions of communist minions that have to live there.

  • eugene lee – WestVanMan

    So after watching this, what do I remember or find inspiring about Shanghai. Well, I know the sun goes up and down there and the lights go on and off and there’s a river and lots of cars. Unfortunately the video even at 2 and a half minutes captures little of the flavour, ambience, congestion of this cosmo city. Too many fast motion clips and too many clips overall trying to be over ambitious. Almost looks like its trying to capture an Eyewitness Travel Guide combined with a “Over Shanghai” docuvideo in a short video. Can’t do it. Perhaps the only thing I take away from this is the frenetic pace of the video does pick up some aspects of life in Shanghai, but not much else. And because of that, it’s not fun or interesting to watch.

    • Ralph Kent

      Spot on Eugene – as a promo video for a city, that video does nothing to sell the genius loci of the place. Most of the world’s major cities have sunrises, sunset, lots of traffic and skyscrapers and videos. It seems they are struggling to find anything special to hang the video off off. Also – far too many shots from 300 metres up in the air or from a car – makes for very dull viewing.