A Study on the Spatial Evolution of Public Entertainment Space in Modern Shanghai (1843 – 1949)
Deng Linshuang, Wu Jiang
For nearly one century during a time of modernization, Shanghai has seen the coexistence of local autonomy and colonial rule, traditional culture and western culture, Chinese natives and Western colonists, becoming not only a window for the finance industry, foreign trade, and cultural exchange, but also a hub for the entertainment industry. Focusing on the period from the opening of Shanghai in 1843 to the founding of the PRC in 1949, this paper studies the evolution, development, and distribution of various types of entertainment space in the city and analyzes its aggregation, dispersion, structuration, and stratification in urban space and the ultimate formation of its overall spatial structure, aiming to explore the relationship between the distribution and relocation of entertainment spaces and various urban elements and to reveal the internal driving force and basic laws shaping the urban entertainment space structure in modern Shanghai.
Keywords modern Shanghai; public entertainment space; spatial structure; spatial evolution