Issue #5 — Summer 2003: Shanghai Desire

A combination of East and West, Shanghai was the temporary autonomous zone of poverty, refinement, and decadence in the 1920s and 30s. Now, Shanghai hypnotizes with an urban explosion and rapid modernization: This issue captures Shanghai’s state of mind in 2003.

“Some cities are just constructed in concrete, but some can ignite our collective fantasy and make a grand promise of change and excitement. They capture our imagination before we have even visited the city. Much like Berlin, Shanghai projects a larger-than-life shadow on the observer.” 032c workshop documents the acceleration of the city, while photographers OLIVER HELBIG and HEJI SHIN bird eye its deconstruction / construction; artist YANG FUDONG reveals love in an estranged paradise, while graphic designer SHEN HAPENG spackles calligraphy; photographer WING SHYA depicts insomnia in a sleepless city, while photographer SAIMON FUJIO revels in its dreamscape;

032c workshop edits a SHANGHAI DATASCAPE culled from a variety of sources to test the possibilities of experiencing speed, density, and verticality by statistics; and much more on 96 pages …

Contributors: Shen Haopeng, Oliver Helbig & Heji Shin, Yang Fudong, Saimon Fujio, Wing Shya, 032c workshop

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