2007 Fast Cities

SHANGHAI, China

Population > 14.5 million

Leading indicator > In the last decade, foreign investors have sunk $73 billion into Shanghai-based projects

Fast companies > China Display; China East Airlines

Chaotic, crowded, noisy--and wildly, crazily creative. China's historic center for innovation has emerged more recently as a magnet for Western-owned corporate design centers and research labs. The clash of old and new--from the city's shabbily elegant French Concession to the austere art galleries of Suzhou Creek to its hundreds of skyscrapers--gives rise to an exhilarating sense of possibility.