To get to the heart of a city, you need a good pair of shoes. Charles Baudelaire used the term `flâneur’ to describe someone who walks through the city to experience it. And nothing beats being shown around by those who have been walking the streets themselves for a while. Let the Shanghai Flaneurs take you on a walk-and-talk experience! As a community service SHANGHAI FLANEUR offers open walkshops on weekends for individuals, a novel format to explore urban space, involving short lectures, walks to key locations and discussions with our experts.
To join a open walkshop or register for the newsletter, kindly send a message to Ms. Chu, Yan at ychu(at) or call us @ +86 1381 892 2040 for short notice inquires.
Should you prefer privacy or have a special occasion to celebrate, we also offer all topics as private walks to individuals and families. To arrange a private walk please contact Ms. Chu, Yan at ychu(at)

Greater Shanghai Plan 90 Years After

The future is uncertain. Planning a future city is therefore a task bound to miss many of its initial targets. Unforeseen challenges and unimagined opportunities and lead citymakers to adopt novel agendas and principles of development. Jiangwan New Town is Modern China’s oldest planned new town. The Greater Shanghai Plan drafted 1927-29, earmarked the area as the seat of the Shanghai Nationalist Government. After the Surrender of the Japanese, the idea of the municipal center was abandoned, landmark buildings were repurposed and Jiangwan New Town became a quiet suburban neighborhood. The “Knowledge Innovation Community”, a bold urban regeneration project launched in 2003 by the masterminds behind Shanghai’s Xintiandi is determined to finally put Jiangwan New Town on the global map, with a plan that emulates Silicon Valley’s tech start-up scene.
Join Iris on a walk through suburban Shanghai, past landmark buildings constructed in the 1930s, explore the Knowledge Innovation Community and end the walk with a stroll down University Avenue, where students from nearby Fudan discuss business ideas in coffee-shops. Experience and learn about the visions of urban futures and catalysts of China’s urban development in the past and today.

Expert: Assist. Prof. Dr. Iris Belle teaches at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning and researches how urban visions and the way professionals work together to make them happen shape our buildings, neighborhoods and society. Drawing on her research, Iris consults planning and design firms and creates concepts for making cities nicer places to live in. Iris arrived in Asia from her native Germany in 2003 and has lived in Beijing, Tianjin, Singapore and since 2016 in Shanghai. Iris is the author of the book “From Economic Zone to Eco-city?” She holds a PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University, a Diploma of Architecture from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and a Chinese Language Certificate from Beijing Normal University.

Date & Duration: Saturday, April 14th., 14:00 – 17:00
Cost: RMB 300 p.p., RMB 250 2nd person, RMB 250 p.p. for groups above 3, RMB 180 students (Entrance fee of Club is not included)
Meeting point: Xiangyin Rd Station,Exit 4 (Line 8) (Chinese address: 翔殷路-地铁站, 4号出口, 8号线)

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