Being Responsive to the Neighbors

Deconstructing Modernity: Unsettled Urban Living in a Changing Shanghai

Being Responsive to the Neighbors

Local residents invited students intent on refreshing the public alleys to paint around their own homes. They wanted fantastical paintings that reflected their own tastes—a dragon, a piece of sky, or a two-dimensional garden—because they believed that their “absurd” ideas could magically come true.