Brilliant City: Shanghai, China

The title refers to the location, a residential complex comprised of 25 highrises in the northern part of Shanghai, China. It is entirely shot from the 34th floor of one of the buildings and stages a peeping tom view of the city below, capturing everyday activities that can be observed from this vantage point such as training soldiers, building activity, traffic, gardening. The camera hovers above the entire panorama and focuses on details in the everyday life of this rapidly changing metropolis.

Brilliant City from D-Fuse on Vimeo.


Brilliant City was originally produced during a stay in Shanghai with the British Council Artist Link Program, uploaded to Vimeo by D-Fuse.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous - June 13, 2009

    This fascinating video captures both the modern/urbain life and the still quiet and peaceful world of Shanghai. Brilliant!

    Liz Mitchell

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