Blooming of Shanghai: The Drowned World 假如上海被淹没

Jess Yu (Designer)

Research output: Practice-based research outputTextual work


“Blooming of Shanghai” is an imaginative journey into an alternate urban landscape inspired by the life and literary works of the renowned science fictionist, JG Ballard. Born in Shanghai in 1930, Ballard’s early years unfolded amidst the vibrant tapestry of Shanghai’s concessions in the years preceding World War II. His poignant reflection, “I keep thinking, what would have happened had the war not taken place. I see around me an alternate life that I never managed to live because of the war,” serves as the cornerstone of this project’s inspiration.

Taking its cues from Ballard’s seminal novels, including ‘Empire of the Sun’ (1984), ‘The Drowned World’ (1962), and ‘High-Rise’ (1975), this endeavor explores an alternative reality of Shanghai. It delves deep into Ballard’s visionary interpretations and critical musings on topics such as the environment, urbanization, and sustainability, as portrayed in his literary works. Central to this exploration is the role of architecture, which intertwines seamlessly with Ballard’s personal connections to the city.
Original languageChinese (Simplified)
PublisherELLE Decoration
EditionIssue 232
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

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