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Urbanisation in China; Happiness is seen everywhere (2011)

A Journey of Wonder in Shanghai
In China urbanisation is at full pace. New neighborhoods and cities emerge faster than ever before. The inhabitants, often coming from small villages or demolished areas in the city centres, find a new social context in the new cities. The apartments are better than what they were used to, but do they feel at home there? Do the new cities meet their inhabitants’ expectations?

The ‘new rich’ can afford to buy a house in a new themed suburb. But the city centres of Thames Town or Holland Village look empty. These areas seem to be used mainly by frantic newlyweds searching the perfect surrounding for their wedding pictures.

Urbanisation In China: Happiness Is Seen Everywhere provides a background and context for the Chinese urbanisation and specifically lets the inhabitants speak. It is not a romantic picture of pretty old houses and alleys, but shows real situations and open often surprising views in modern China.

In cooperation with Harry den Hartog of Urban Language.

  • David Lingerak
  • Harry den Hartog
    Location Advisor
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    social, architecture, urbanisation, urbanization, china
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    59 minutes 26 seconds
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    March 31, 2011
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  • The International Istanbul Architecture And Urbanism Film Festival
    2011 Best Documentary
Director - David Lingerak