Shanghai’s European Suburbs

Chinese urban planners are building new towns with a foreign flair, each mimicking architecture from Europe’s storied cities

(Rémi Ferrand)

Pujiang's Italian town

Italian Town Picnarra
(Tong Lam)

Pujiang’s Italian town, or “Citta di Pujiang,” designed by Italian architecture firm Gregotti Associati, uses a stripped-down style with clean lines. The town was meant to house 150,000 people displaced from Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo, which is situated to the north of the “citta,” but only half of the town has been completed. Now that a recently constructed subway line extends to Pujiang, the city may begin to fill with people, though the luxury villas downtown may still be too expensive for most Shanghainese.


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