Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thames Town


Evi sent me this pic of Thames Town in Songjiang near Shanghai today. It's a bizarrely cramped, ersatz version of an English provincial town. It even has pubs "inspired by Birmingham".

There will be 8000 residents, mostly senior academics and factory managers. A three-bedroom villa will set you back around $800,000. Truman Show anyone?

And what would Umberto Eco make of it?

1 comment:

scott said...

I'm going to build "La Limonada" here in Washington DC. Half a mil gets you rusted lamina and a view of the city dump.Vacuous gringo thrill-seekers will have a field day.