Global Studio: Shanghai

Architecture/Design/General Education

Course Code (Undergraduate): /

Course Code (Postgraduate): 2020377

48 Contact Hours

7.5 ECTS points Credit Points

Course Description

Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. This course will teach you how to understand architecture as both cultural expression and technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings, and hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, will bring you closer to the work of architects and historians in Shanghai.
This course looks into a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to Shanghai, China’s developments in urban areas in the last two decades, economic reforms and the urbanisation of regions, built landmarks, individuals and the community, public space, new typologies, global integration and urban consumerism. It allows students to appreciate the design and structure of buildings in Shanghai and other regions in China, including both the binaries of old and new architecture. Field trips in this course provide students with new design insights through involving themselves in exploring and appreciating the aesthetic creations.


Schedule and Topics

1. Introduction to Shanghai
2. Shanghai’s History and its impact on Shanghai Culture
3. Art, Cultural and architecture
4. Urban Development in Shanghai
5. City Planning & Infrastructure in Shanghai
6. Urban Fabrics
7. Architectural Landmark
8. Public Space
9. Urban Geography
10. Urban Ecology
11. Urban Heritage
12. Community and Livelihood
13. Post-industrial Urban Economy in Shanghai
14. Workshops


Attendance and In-class participation (20%) ;
Field Trip Summaries (40%);
Case Study Report (25%);
Oral Presentation with PPT (15%).


The course is open to students from all academic disciplines who are willing to explore architecture and culture in Shanghai. This course is open for postgraduate students.

Reference Books

John R. Logan, The New Chinese City: Globalization and Market Reform (Blackwell, 2002)
Laurence J.C. Ma & Fulong Wu (ed.), Restructuring the Chinese City: Changing Society, Economy and Space (Routledge, 2005)
Charlie Q.L. Xue, Building a Revolution: Chinese Architecture since 1980. (Hong Kong University Press, 2005)

Course materials (including lecture notes, supplementary readings and solutions to assignment questions) are handed out during the class.

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Course Code (Undergraduate): /
Course Code (Postgraduate): 2020377


学时: 48 Contact Hours
学分: 7.5 ECTS points
语言: English, 中文
课程开放日期:28 June 2021
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