Artist Impression, Shanghai Lujaizui Mixed Use
CREATIVEMOVE has been engaged as curatorial advisor to UAP Shanghai on the exciting Shanghai Lujaizui Mixed Use Development. Lujiazui is a locality in Shanghai, a peninsula formed by a bend in the significant Huangpu River. Since the early 1990s, Lujiazui has been developed specifically as a new financial district of Shanghai. Pudong’s Lujiazui, is a 60-hectare site formerly operated as the Shanghai Shipyard so it has a very rich maritime heritage to draw upon for the development of curatorial themes to inform artists and design teams developing artworks and design interventions for the project.
Shanghai has emerged as China’s largest city and commercial capital – centre to China’s banking industry and home to the Chinese Stock Market. With a population of over 23 million people, its relative wealth and position as a major port has made it one of the most cosmopolitan of Chinese cities. Shanghai is now positioned as one of the most exciting cities in the world and in 2012 was included in the World Cities Culture Report alongside of those such as New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Mumbai .
CREATIVEMOVE has constructed the curatorial approach within the context of the client’s vision for the project as well as the cultural aspirations and policy settings of contemporary Shanghai. Three curatorial approaches have been provided to the client for consideration which relate to the intrinsic connection between a ship and water, China’s shipbuilding heritage and the historical, spiritual and practical importance of water for the sustenance of life.
Shanghai has recognised that raising the profile of culture is necessary to achieving ‘world city’ status. Embracing its diversity, Shanghai has a tradition to inspire, reflect and contribute to world cultural life. Following the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai has adopted policies to better project its commitment to international and national cultural development by supporting a vibrant and dynamic program of international and domestic artists, art works, events and festivals that will provide an atmosphere of creativity that respects the past, contributes to the present and imagines the future.