Shanghai (1927-1937) / Aerial view of the administrative center of Shanghai 上海市行政区鸟瞰图

Aerial view of the administrative center of Shanghai 上海市行政区鸟瞰图, Chinese Architecture 中国建筑, 01(1932):10
Aerial view of the administrative center of Shanghai 上海市行政区鸟瞰图, Chinese Architecture 中国建筑, 01(1932):10

 

This is the rendering of the administrative center as well as the main focus of the whole plan made by the architect Dong Dayou. This is a representative manifestation of the government’s mentality—a highly modernized and grand administrative center could erect the identity of the Chinese society outside the Concession. However, some problems can be clearly seen from this drawing. This modernist administrative center lacks the supporting facilities such as retails, hospital and fire station. Though residential area was planned and built, officers didn’t want to live there. After the invasion in 1933, the government even focused more on the construction of this civic center, which lead to poorer efforts in related infrastructures. This center couldn’t be functioning well in short time while the renovating of the old Chinese towns such as Zhabei District was stagnated.

 

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Chinese Architecture 中国建筑, 01(1932):10

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