Taking cases from the until-now little-analyzed un-demolished remains of city center neighborhoods in Shanghai,the book Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center by Dr. Ying Zhou will unpack the seemingly anarchic and opportunistic urban spatial production system of the contemporary Chinese city to address what has perplexed Western public as well as scholars alike.
Going behind the scenes in neighborhoods that increasingly appear like trend quarters in the West, it will divulge how the effortless vibe that is experienced today were imagined,constructed, and then scripted. The constellation of actors, from the expanding global network of multilingual cosmopolites to the dialect-speaking local party officials, form the malleable public-private alliances that are producing the newest forms for urban reuse, creative production, consumption, and heritage protection. Under an institutional framework that remains uniquely Chinese, how the ambiguous property rights and the institutional vestiges from planned economy could harbor an entrepreneurial prowess and creative potential that is a remarkable manifestation of globalization in the context of its changing local institutions reveals the logic behind a ‘China Dream.’
The exhibition highlights Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center by Dr. Ying Zhou and shows some of the processes behind the five-year making of the new book. By no means comprehensive, the author shares some of these behind-the-scenes modes of research as she imagines how its fragments may be found in the future.
The exhibition firstly gives a glimpse into the historical research for understanding the evolving urban ism of Shanghai through a selection of archival maps and images that the author has collected in the research process. It also shows a selection from more than a dozen notebooks and maps of fieldwork not esand documentation that the author has made during her fieldwork, which she conducted between 2011 and 2015. One wall also unpacks the entire book to give an over all composition of the different parts of the book.