Shanghai is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. The city flourished as a centre of commerce between east and west. It is a major financial centre and the busiest container port in the world.


With a total population of over 23 million as of 2010, infrastructure of the city rapidly grows to meet required adoptability. Shanghai’s story is about to become the boldest infrastructure tale in the history of the world.


Never has a city rebuilt so radically — gone from under-developed to over-developed so quickly. Today there are 200 massive boring machines, similar to the two used to dig the Chunnel beneath the English Channel, churning up the earth deep below Shanghai, working to double the city’s already massive subway system that was non-existent in 1990.


Subway system and massive train stations now housing the fastest trains on earth. Shanghai has become the most modern city in the world by completing numerous Big Dig-like projects of its own.


Roads interchanges, highways, bridges not only links urban districts but they becomes an important economical hubs for growing infrastructure.

In 2010, Shanghai port overtook Singapore port to become the world’s busiest container port.


Series of transportation hubs has been analyses and studied as urban precedent to understand their impact to a wider context.


Intersect of underground, water, land and bridge will be a central core of a city where the nodal point of urban infrastructure will be generate from them. Three dimensional transportation becomes an important urban infrastructure for future of shanghai.




To extend and sustain shanghai economy and living condition, Chongming island at north of the city has selected as a site. Main challenge is to preserve ecological feature of the island by developing an ecological city that could accept such infrastructure.


Estuarine ecosystems are dynamic ecosystems that play a critical role in the functioning of the planet. These areas are particularly valuable from the environmental point of view because its channels, shoals and tidal flats represent a wide range of habitats for many different organisms.

Salt marshes and mudflats represent delicately balanced systems between hydrodynamic forces and ecological, sedimentological and morphological responses.These wetlands serve as storm buffers that absorb wave energy and rising tidal waters during storms.

They are often highly productive and represent an important feeding ground for bird populations and a nursery for fish and seals.


Physical and morphological characteristics of salt marshes and tidal flats

The long-term development of mudflat–salt marsh ecosystems is determined by the interaction between hydrodynamic conditions and sediment. High hydrodynamic energy either from waves or current velocity and lack of sediment will generally cause mudflat–salt marsh ecosystems to reduce in size due to erosion, whereas high sediment availability combined with low hydrodynamic energy most likely result in vertical accretion and/or lateral extension. The direction of sediment transport in one tidal cycle varied with the different tide range. High tide range (spring tide) basically got seaward transportation, while medium range got landward.


Because of the abundant sediment supply carried by the Yangtze River, Chongming Dongtan was formed by sedimentation, and is still expanding to the East China Sea in a speed of 200m~300m per year in the past decades.

In the Yangtze estuary land claim of large intertidal areas still continues in recent years. Relatively shows how morphological evolution responds to reclamation of tidal wetlands. They applied fractal geometry to investigate the modification and evolution in tidal creek formation before and after the reclamations.


Generation of multilayer transportation infrastructure based on economic growth and Geological accretion will be the research core of the project. It explores a potential development of city infrastructure that as the economy grows landscape extends. It’s a self-replicated city that works along with geological accretion. A field of dialogistic network, a circuit of landscape energy that takes an advantage of environmental phenomena and turns is into territory of production. It establishes a methodology to explore relationship between manmade infrastructure and natural infrastructure.

It illustrate a city where swarms of social, political and economic contingency simultaneously grows by geological condition where there are continues information feedback formulate their connections. Within this dialogue a form of cybernetic intelligence as an interface requires to transforms geo-morphological data into social and commercial activities and vice versa.

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