In only 150 years, Shanghai developed from a harbor city of half a million people in the 19th century to one of the world’s largest urban agglomerations of 23 million inhabitants today. This development was not linear but transformed the city in several waves of population influx, with political and economical impetus of both local and international interests. As early as in the 1970ies, the concept of satellite towns was developed and has since been one focus of the urban planning strategies.

What were the reasons for the rise of Shanghai to the “Paris of the East” in the 1920ies? How was it possible to accommodate millions of new inhabitants during the first half of the 20th century? Why was Shanghai neglected during the first decades of the Peoples Republic – and how can the impressive development of the last 25 years be explained? More and more of the old Shanghai is vanishing – what can be done and what is being done to preserve the old structures? What kind of problems are Shanghai’s satellite towns facing today.


  • Shanghai Mega City on the Move with architect Fanny Hoffmann-Loss
  • When Size Matters: Walk & Talk Among Shanghai’s Super Talls with architect Fanny Hoffmann-Loss
  • Lilongs – Villages in the Concrete Jungle with architect Fanny Hoffmann-Loss
  • Shanghai Symbolism – Understanding and reading the architectural landscape of Shanghai with urbanist and architect Bert de Muynck
  • Ecoland Club: A natural community at the outskirts of Shanghai with environmental Expert Dr. Pan Tao
  • Sustainability and the City with environmental Expert Dr. Pan Tao and Magali Menant
  • Urban Trekking: Shanghai 360° with photographer Jan Siefke
  • History, Present and Future of Shanghai’s Urban Development with photographer Jan Siefke