Plants Living in Shanghai

Commissioned by West Bund, Shanghai

2013

Shanghai Cement Factory, built in 1920, was moved out of the city center in 2010. Plants soon occupied this site. Zheng Bo, assisted by curator Liu Xiao, convinced the district government to preserve the vibrant habitat, and turned it into a found botanical garden. He then collaborated with local scholars specializing in ecology, literature, Chinese medicine, and architecture to develop an eight-week open online course (MOOC) to investigate the past and present of Shanghai through plants. The online course was accompanied by on-site activities every Sunday.

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