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Front cover of Chromatopia showing colorful drawings of reimagined skyscrapers
Chromatopia by Neil Denari
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Neil Denari

What is left to be said, in 2015, about the state of the high rise, especially concerning Shanghai, a city that has more than 1400 buildings over 100 meters tall? Professor Neil Denari and his students in the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design 2014-15 Research Studio investigate this question during a year-long study of high rise towers and vertical density in the city of Shanghai. The result is a collection of speculative designs (fictional and financial) and accompanying scenarios presented against a backdrop of topics including the global city, political conformity, social mobility, migrant labor, and invisible currencies - all in the form of 24 high rise towers. The publication includes essays by Denari and Ph.D. student Jia Yi Gu, student along with a selection of photos by Shanghai-based photographer Tim Franco.

Students: Andrew Akins, Ciro Dimson, Max Irish, Xiaorui Lin, Steven Matti, Corliss Ng, Mark Simpson and Zhuoran Xu. Edited by Jia Yi Gu.

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