'Thames Town' Brings British Life to China

Shanghai's plan to move 500,000 people into 'Disneyland developments.'
June 2, 2004, 1pm PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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Designed to feed the Western tastes of China's emerging middle class, nine new satellite towns are bringing European living to Shanghai through an intensely themed program of urban design. While compressing 500 years of British landscape theory may yield China's greenest city, the "Disneyland implications" of such aggressive architecture on the future community remain undetermined. With three billion Yuan invested, China's government is banking on a continued demand for exotic cityscapes.

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Published on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 in The Guardian Unlimited
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