One huge-ass model

According to Lonely Planet (and the average urban design professional), no trip to Shanghai is complete without a visit to the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.  Its main attraction is a rather large model of Future Shanghai, which I have to admit, kinda looks like Right Now Shanghai with a couple of buildings added.

The model comes complete with a light show that simulates a lightning storm or alien attack or something.  At the foreground of the image below, on both sides of the river, is the Expo site.  Further downstream, to the left lies Puxi and to the right Pudong.

Here’s a closer view of the three tallest buildings (two in existence, one future) in Pudong.  The red dot shows where the model of my apartment building should be … admittedly, it must be difficult for the city’s model-makers to keep up with the pace of construction and reconstruction.

To put the scale of the city into perspective, the tallest building near the front will be double the height of Centrepoint Tower, Sydney’s tallest.  The buildings next to mine are a mere 35 storeys.  In other words, Shanghai is humungous.

The exhibition hall has a number of other levels, mostly devoid of people and full of displays about all sorts of unimportant urban issues like design, sustainability, social equity … yawn … hey, did I mention the huge razzly-dazzly model of the city upstairs …?

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9 Responses to One huge-ass model

  1. Oliver says:

    That looks like it’s about the size of the whole of Circular Quay, while Sydney would fit into an area the size of Customs House…

  2. What you say is confusing, but yes. It’s like one of those IQ questions: “Glove is to hand as Shanghai is to …”

  3. katharine says:

    That is awesome. I’ve just copied it into an email and sent around to the City Model team here !

  4. katharine says:

    the city modellers are impressed and can’t believe it is dust free! They want to know if they have to take sections out for council meetings… and what happens if your development happens to be in those areas where those columns are ?

  5. What column…? That’s a new supertower. 🙂

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