Modern Shanghai is the epitome of China’s intense economic development. The continual construction here, fuelled by big government investment, is astonishing, and large international architecture firms (OMA, Tadao Ando, Heatherwick Studio) are vying for their piece of the pie. A burgeoning art scene, a flighty dining and nightlife scene where bars and restaurants open, close or morph into a totally different entity from one month to the next and clued-up hipsters hop from supper to gallery to party to late-night karaoke session. Here we explore Shanghai through its architecture and design. It’s a ride you really shouldn’t miss.