New York Practical Utopias: Global Urbanismin HongKong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo presents a body of recent work by American and other international firms in five cities across East Asia. Though occurring in culturally, economically, politically, and geographically diverse environments, these projects exhibit similar characteristics that while not unique in themselves, combine in ways that distinguish this work from that being done anywhere else in the world. Practical utopias are focal points for utopian ambition: expanding central business districts, improving tourism economies, or increasing transportation connectivity. They are also solutions to practical challenges: accommodating increasing density, creating spaces for public leisure, or crafting cultural identities in rapidly changing societies.
AIA Shanghai will host this show in Shanghai in February 2014. Stay tuned!