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On Asian Streets and Public Space
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The rapid urbanisation of the Asian continent and the transformation of its cityscapes have led many professionals and scholars to pay urgent attention to the study of Asian streets and public places in the hope of recording them, learning their complex nature, and testing theories in new environments before they disappear under the assault of rapid urban transformation. This volume presents articles focusing on four prevalent themes, namely transformation and modernity, the culture of streets, the experience of the street and finally, the design and quality of streets. However, these themes inevitably overlap, pointing out the complexity of what we call the "street" and the necessity for interdisciplinary research. Finally, adding "Asian" to "street" opens up the discussion about spaces in the Asian city, and concepts of "Asian-ness," if indeed such a concept can be defined. This book will interest not only urban planners, architects and other design and building professionals, but also geographers, sociologists, environmentalists, anthropologists, historians as well as the general public.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. PREFACE
  2. p. v
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. p. vi
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  1. I. The Street: Transformation and Modernity
  2. p. 1
  1. AVENUE PRAIA GRANDE
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. A STREET OF ELUSIVE SIGNIFICANCE
  2. pp. 25-38
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  1. FROM THE ARISTOCRATIC TO THE COMMERCIAL
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. THE ROYAL ROAD REVISITED
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. II. The Culture of Streets
  2. p. 61
  1. AN INSIGHT INTO THE ASIAN STREETS
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. THE MALAYSIAN MULTICULTURAL STREETSCAPE
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. III. Experiencing the Street
  2. p. 91
  1. SAVOURING THE STREETS OF SAMPALOC
  2. pp. 93-104
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  1. HONG KONG ESCALATOR OR THE LIQUID JOURNEY
  2. pp. 105-118
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  1. IV. Design and Quality of Streets
  2. p. 119
  1. REMOULDING TAIWANESE HISTORICAL MARKET STREETS
  2. pp. 121-132
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  1. COMPETING FOR THE SIDEWALK
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. THE STREET AND ITS INFLUENCEON THE SENSE OF PLACEOF MALAYSIAN CITIES
  2. pp. 143-158
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  1. THE IMPORTANCE OF STREETS
  2. pp. 159-169
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  1. NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 170-173
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. 174-176
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