Shenzhen – Future Made in China

Between creativity and control: The young megacity that's changing our world

Original Title: Shenzhen - Zukunft Made in China

Hardcover with jacket, 416 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60152-4
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: May 17, 2021


Frank  Sieren - Shenzhen – Future Made in China


The metropolis of the future, caught between creativity and constraint

If you want to know what our – and especially our children's – lives will soon be like, and the kind of technology that will dominate them, take a stroll through Shenzhen: The southern Chinese megacity (population: 12 million) sprang up as if from nowhere, and is now one of the most innovative cities on Earth. Sustainability and a high quality of life are considered standard, but so are facial recognition and the 'transparent human' – in Shenzhen, the cloud knows everything. The city's techies are outperforming Silicon Valley, their start-ups are among the most highly valued in the world, and Shenzhen is attracting more and more talented young people from all over the globe who can immerse themselves in an exuberant nocturnal subculture. It is in some ways a model city – yet full of incongruities.

Frank Sieren tells us what it's like to live and work there, and how it will shape our future.


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