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New. 9780949284761. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--338 pages; 300 color illustrations. Description: "Shanghai is the architectural phenomenon of the twenty-first century. Strategically situated at the mouth if the Yangze river, it was the greatest trading city in the East in the 1930s, hibernated for forty years after the Second World War, and then came storming back at the end of the last century to become one of the world's greatest trading metropolis. For the visitor, Shanghai is a city of extraordinary depth and contrast, largely unnoticed by its inhabitants. Once the world's first international city, it was here that the Chinese Communist Party was born and it is here that the modern consumerist dream is being re-enacted. Whilst other great cities tore down many of their old buildings, the Shanghainese kept theirs exactly as they were. Today, in the former foreign concessions and hidden behind external wiring and air conditioning units, most of the stylish art deco and modern buildings of the 20s and 30s remain. Meanwhile only a few streets away are the skyscrapers of the new city designed by the world's leading architects, thrusting to ever-greater heights."
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