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. Chen, Yanling at ylc(at) or call us @ +86 1381 892 2040 for short notice inquires. Below kindly find our public walk calendar.
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)


When Size Matters: Walk & Talk Among Shanghai’s Super Talls

At 632m height, the brand new Shanghai Tower is – at least for the moment – the world’s second-tallest high-rise building. With its two supertall neighbors, Jinmao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center, it forms an outstanding and exciting urban trio that dominates the Skyline of Shanghai.
Learn about the challenges and exciting details of supertall building design and construction and get introduced to the outstanding structural and green building features of Shanghai’s new iconic landmark.
How do the foundations of these towers work in Shanghai’s soft soil? How long does it take to construct such a tower – and why was the opening of Shanghai Tower delayed? What technical features are integrated in these buildings – and how “green” can such a tall glass tower really be? Join architect Fanny Hoffmann-Loss to unravel the insider’s information from the world of architecture and design.

Expert: Architect and project manager at the German architectural firm gmp von Gerkan Marg and Partners, Fanny Hoffmann-Loss studied at the Technical University Berlin and at Tongji University Shanghai. Having a strong interest in China, she also studied Mandarin at the Beijing Language Institute in the early 1990s and China studies at the Free University of Berlin. Since 2006, she is working in Shanghai as chief architect and project manager for gmp. As a member of Shanghai Flaneur, Fanny regularly leads study tours and walks for architect professionals, business people, politicians and academics alike. Her interests include city housing, urbanization, highrise buildings, future towns, and mega city development in general. Fanny is a well-versed international citizen: she spent her childhood in Israel, Pakistan, Germany and Greece.

Duration:               17:00 – 19:30
Meeting Point:     ifc-Mall main entrance, Yincheng Zhong Lu, near Century Avenue, Lujiazui (Chinese address: 陆家嘴国金中心主入口,银城中路,近世纪大道)
Cost:                        RMB 300 p.p., RMB 250 2nd person, RMB250 p.p. for groups above 3, RMB 180 students (optional visit of Shanghai Tower at the end of the walk. Entrance fee 180 RMB/person).

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