'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk
'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk
jun 25, 2009

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk

‘shanghai 2035’ concept design by A-asterisk all images courtesy of A-asterisk




‘shanghai 2035’ was developed by japanese firm A-asterisk is a concept design for the future of shanghai city. in 2009, the population of shanghai increased to 24.5 million. the city today has a rare situation that can not be seen in any other countries. their population is raised by the pace of 3 million every year causing an aging society  and a divide between the rich and the poor, yet building construction is growing at a rapid rate.

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk estimated population increase by 2035

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk skyscrapers in shanghai




after the olympic games in 2008 an urban renewal planning project was established. shanghai 2035 aims to enhance the city’s appeal and improve city life for the future. the project features two elements an ‘air’ city and ‘ground’ city that will prevent the loss of green and the land. the network will promote the correlation between the life in the air level and the grand level. making the most of the tall buildings and extending the verticality and the availability of publicized facilities to 300m up in the air. while  preserving the current buildings and historical buildings, the new city layers will function not only as the infrastructure of the air level and the ground level, but also the high quality network refined by the object and the operation of the city.

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk vertical plan of shanghai 2035

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk air level of ‘shanghai’ 2035

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk aerial view of ‘shanghai 2035’ concept design

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk aerial view of ‘shanghai 2035’ concept design

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk aerial view of ‘shanghai 2035’ concept design

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk aerial view of ‘shanghai 2035’ concept design

'shanghai 2035' concept design by A-asterisk ‘shanghai 2035’ positioned over the city’s skyscrapers



project info:

project name: shanghai 2035 location: shanghai china principle use: urban concept site area: 6 340km2 design: A-asterisk (nobuhiro nakamura) collaboration with: ouvi inc (shin yokoo) design period: oct 2008 – jun 2009 photographer: shuhei kaihara perspective: gao dayong

  • truly amazing !!

  • Wow now that’s talking future

    Paultje says:
  • it will be sympathetic if that is the future for Shanghai!

    jade says:
  • if “their population is raised by the pace of 3 BILLION every year”, then the city will have more than 6 BILLION people in two years, wich is almost the amount of all living people on earth. shouldn’t it be 3 MILLION instead of BILLION?


    gabriel seibel says:
  • this suposed “super mega futuristic inovative idea” is 50 years old… the situationist movement, specially Constant with the new babylon project, came up with this kind of city.. but with a strong theory of society and urbanism… this shanghay proposal seems “empty”…

    Tiago says:
  • yes jade it says in the article that it increases by 3 million every year

    jenn says:

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