There’s an interesting analysis here of the latest Chinese propaganda painting, on the theme of the “Hong Kong Handover,” as its the tenth anniversary.
In other news, Italian architects and Mi Qiu, one of Shanghai’s bigger artists names, are building a new water city, not too far out of town. The report is here from the Venice Biennale.
“Tong Li, also known as the Far East Venice, is a thousand years old town located on the delta of the Yangtze river and surrounded by five lakes, an historical and environmental oasis only 60 Km away from Shanghai and well interconnected with a new highway system.
The objectve is to is restore the hystorical and architechtural roots of the ancient city by consolidating its relationship with water, one of the five basic elements of the ancient Chinese cosmology
The basic ‘water’ element blends the design of the new city, developed together with architect Francesco Morena, with full respect of the environmental end sustainable principles.
Mi Qiu’s vision is to restore the ancient town, respecting carefully the Chinese cultural roots together with the urban development of the surrounding area.
The Master Plan consists of an area of 138 square Km. with a new tourist cultural city on the shores of the Tongli lake and it is completed by a system of ecological bio farms on the delta of the Yangtse river that armonize and complete the general vision.”