Shanghai’s European Suburbs
Chinese urban planners are building new towns with a foreign flair, each mimicking architecture from Europe’s storied cities
- By Rachel Kaufman
- Smithsonian.com, June 10, 2010
An area near 600-year-old Fengcheng has been transformed into Spanish Town, modeled after modernist Barcelonan buildings and designed by architect Marcia Codinachs, though the town, originally a coastal fort, keeps its ancient stone wall and moat. The new residents, up to 72,000 of them, will be employees of local manufacturers.