Bronze 2018 / Architecture / Buildings

Chongqing, On The Four Shores of Passing Times.

  • Prizes
    Gold in Architecture/Cityscapes, Bronze in Architecture/Buildings
  • Photographer
    Cyrus Cornut

Chongqing municipality, China. Heir to the displaced from the Three Gorges dam and daughter to the Beijing authorities – who upgraded her to a municipality, raising her up to the same heights as her big sisters on the East coast – Chongqing has developed at a dizzying speed. Urban forms and infrastructure have sprung up, gravity-defying, embracing the shorelines of its four banks, each of them steeply carved out by the current of the water. The speed of urbanization has outperformed overtaken the slow rhythm of the fishermen, the erosion of the rivers, the powerful hatching of the mountains.