Shanghai has a model of its city that may very well rival that of the Panorama of New York City at the Queens Museum.

Panoramas and city-models are amazing things, in that they attempt to capture the spread and density of a city in a moment. But how do you capture a city whose construction projects are so voluminous that it is rumored to have possession of one-fifth of the world’s building cranes!? How do you capture a city that is constantly being destroyed, rebuilt, constructed, condensed, expanded, designed, populated?

from Shanghai Megacities pof104art02_11776241_en (PDF 550k)