May 15th 2018


SHANGHAI FLANEUR Walkshop: What’s new in Shanghai’s “old” Skyline?

Shanghai is constantly re-shaping and updating her riverfronts – not only by densifying Lujiazui and topping out ever-taller buildings but also via a continuous, 45km long public promenade along Huangpu River. While the media tend to focus on the spectacular changes to the Pudong Skyline, several iconic buildings designed by world-famous architects have been recently added on the Puxi side, further transforming the historical skyline into an exciting contrast of old and new, classical/art-deco and glitzy glass & steel. Does the new architecture in any way reflect the historical structures of the city? How do the new additions communicate with their surroundings? What had to go to make place for these new extravagancies?
Our walk takes us from Puxi’s new tallest building, the White Magnolia Plaza in Hongkou, along the newly opened North Bund Riverfront promenade, across Garden Bridge and the historical Bund to SOHO Bund (CTBUH award “Best tall building in China 2015”) and the brand-new Bund Finance Center with its curious centerpiece, the cultural center with the “moving veil” façade. The walk will conclude with an outlook into future projects – there still is more to come?

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 sinology 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 architecture professionals, business people, politicians and academics alike. Learn more about her.

Registration at ychu(at)