The Smallest Building in the World

Deconstructing Modernity: Unsettled Urban Living in a Changing Shanghai

The Smallest Building in the World

As one of the earliest modern cities in China, Shanghai became famous for its civic society. Yet, Shanghainese have historically suffered in their overcrowded lilong dwellings. Although life was tough, residents adapted to the situation and learned to be optimistic. To add a lock on the water faucet above a public sink showed initial awareness of property rights in a modern sense.