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Shanghai has become a battleground for architects and developers all fighting to make their mark. But, Ruan Yisan, Professor of Urban Planning at Tongji University, is a fierce campaigner for preserving some of the city’s older buildings.

He has been involved with the renovation of many of Shanghai’s magnificent banks and hotels dating from China’s colonial period. He also helped with the design of the elevated waterfront promenade, which allows pedestrians to admire the city's views in safety.
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20 November 2007

Classroom Ideas

Ask students to compare the old Shanghai with new Shanghai. Divide them into different groups to use the same methods to discuss the changes and developments in a different city.