Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm: ” Shanghai Future: The Road versus the Street.”— Anna Greenspan

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Date(s) - Wednesday, May 27 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Shanghai Future: The Road versus the Street.

Anna Greenspan

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Doors open 6:30 pm, event starts 7:00 pm.

Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade explores how Shanghai’s attempts to position itself at the cutting edge of the 21st century recalls the 20th century project of imagining, planning and building the modern city. This talk will focus on planners of the modern metropolis  – in Paris, New York and Shanghai – who dreamt of a city of roads. These long, straight avenues of progress were the perfect expression of a futurism rooted in the impulse to destroy the old to pave the way for the new. A master plan of the modern metropolis conceived of as a city of roads, however, is and has always been, contested.  As Shanghai Future maps the city of tomorrow as it resurfaces in a new time and place, it searches for the contours of an unknown and unfamiliar futurism in the city’s street markets as well as in its skyscrapers.  It discovers, in both the past and the present, another, alternative and more messy vision of the future city, which emerges bottom-up, out of the continuously disruptive and enormously innovative culture of the street.

 Venue: Pistacchio

1/F, 378 Wukang Lu, near Tai’an Lu

武康路378号1楼, 近泰安路


Admission: FCC members: 100 rmb; Non-members: 150 rmb


About the Speaker:

Anna Greenspan is an assistant professor at NYU Shanghai. She holds a doctorate in philosophy and cybernetic culture from the university of Warwick, UK. Her research focuses on the philosophy of time, urban Asia and technological trends. Her most recent book is Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade (Hurst/OUP 2015). Anna is the co-founder of the Shanghai Studies Society ( and Hacked Matter ( She also is working on a project to preserve Shanghai’s street food  ( Anna maintains a website at


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