Shanghai Book City recently underwent a remarkable transformation led by the architects Wutopia Lab.
Some of the principles guiding the design offer a new approach to the 21st century bookstore.
"The bookstore is for those who do not read"
In China, there are way more non-readers than readers so consequently readers alone cannot save the bookstore. Therefore, the goal is to entice non-readers to into the bookshop is necessary for survival.Another guiding principle is that no bookshop is an island. A healthy shop will be "a cultural complex with numerous applied business and social scenes, centered around knowledge sharing."
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