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Future Asian Space

Projecting the Urban Space of New East Asia

Edited by Limin Hee, with Davisi Boontharm and Erwin Viray

Publication Year: 2012

The idea of "Asian space" is undergoing a transformation as a result of rapid techological, economic, social and cultural changes. Following the shift to a global economy and an urban population explosion, Asian cities have projected as one of the mainstays of progress, national pride, identity, and positioning on the global stage. The extraordinary pace and intensity of the changes have created a situation unique in the history of urban development. Despite the immense of diversity of Asian countries, "Asia-ness" is often treated as a distinctive quality that has emerged from unique recent circumstances affecting Asian urbanizations as a whole. In Future Asian Space, 15 authors explore broad concepts relating to the creation and re-creation of "Asian space" and contemporary Asian identity, and their examination of different sites and research approaches illustrates the difficulty of pinpointing what "Asia-ness" is, or might become. Appropriate design and planning of cities is a critical elementin building a sustainable future and coping with environmental, social and cultural problems. Future Asian Space is designed to stimulate interests and engagement in discussions of the Asian city, and its trajectories in architecture and urbanism.

Published by: NUS Press Pte Ltd

Front Matter

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations and Tables

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pp. vii-xii

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pp. xiii-xxviii

At the turn of this century, the rise of urban development had become a global phenomenon. Rapid urbanization had been at its most dramatic since the Industrial Revolution. With the emergence of global economies, innovative technologies, communication, global migration, rise of population, etc., as well as growing awareness of climate and environmental issues...

Part I: The Search for Understanding of New Asian Space

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pp. 1-2

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Chapter 1: Exporting China: Urbanism, Ideologies and Case Studies of New Urban China

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pp. 3-18

Given the rapid changes in Asian urbanism over the past 50 years, and rise in urbanization rates of many Asian countries, it is likely that a few leading countries will emerge in providing urban models or paradigms in the future design of Asian and global urban space. The diversity and rich historical differences of Asian countries’ evolution over the past 50 years has produced...

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Chapter 2: Cities on the Move: East Asian Cities and a Critical Neo-Modernity

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pp. 19-30

In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of culturalist and other criticism looking at the “world” or “global” cities through which the flows of globally circulating capital are facilitated. At the same time, “globalization” itself is seen to be the process which accelerates some forms of urbanization. The achievements (or otherwise) of East Asian states trying to create global cities that can compete with the Western metropole...

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Chapter 3: The Paradox of Public Space in the Korean Metropolis

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pp. 31-40

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, presents a peculiar urban landscape to outsiders. It appears neither traditional, postcolonial nor modern seen from the canonical definitions and historical perspectives of Euro- American architecture. To say that it is eclectic and hybrid is perhaps an understatement. While it took Europe and North America over 150 years of urban and architectural transformation to arrive today at the modern...

Part II: Creation and Re-Creation of Asian Space and Culture

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pp. 41-42

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Chapter 4: Inscriptions of Change in Singapore's Streetscapes: From "New Economy" to "Cultural Economy" in Telok Ayer

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pp. 43-72

The postwar record of regional development is replete with policy experimentation, but Singapore’s record of innovation and commitment is widely seen as exemplary. From Singapore’s tumultuous inception as a sovereign city-state in 1965, the subsequent four decades of (almost unbroken) growth and development have been shaped in large part by state economic policies...

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Chapter 5: The Idea of Creative Reuse Urbanism -- The Roles of Local Creativities in Culturally Sustainabable Place-Making: Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore

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pp. 73-88

Gentrification is a part of the process of urban renewal which generates significant, and often negative, social impact on existing neighborhood structures, as it tends to be driven predominantly by simple rules of an economy and imperatives of a globalized, “free” market, insensitive to the subtleties of local culture and values. This idea of creative reuse urbanism...

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Chapter 6: Shanghai's Art Factories as Generators of Urban Revitalization

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pp. 89-112

Industrial reforms and the rapid development of Asian cities like Shanghai have led to the obsolescence of various industrial districts in the city. Many cities in China had a relatively recent industrial past, with industrial development largely begun around the late 19th century. In Shanghai, manufacturing industries flourished in the late 19th century, many financed by foreign concessions such as the Japanese and the British, in locations such...

Part III: Practices in Asian Space: Past, Present and Future

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pp. 113-114

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Chapter 7: A Neighborhood in Singapore: Ordinary People's Lives "Downstairs"

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pp. 115-138

In this chapter,1 my focus is the activities and experiences of the ordinary people of Singapore, the vast majority (85%) of whom live in public housing estates built by the state Housing and Development Board (HDB). Through anthropological observations of their activities and experiences (1988–1989 and regularly since 1992) in everyday life and special occasions in one such public housing estate named Marine Parade,2 I show and discuss the...

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Chapter 8: Site, Situation, Spectator: Encountering History through Site-Responsive Practices

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pp. 139-158

While the study of urban historical traditions in the architectural curriculum is a shared mandate, its modes of instruction have scarcely moved beyond the usual stock of precedent studies focused on form, style and typology. This method of instruction, though sufficiently providing parallel background knowledge for students of architecture, further isolates the disciplines of...

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Chapter 9: The Greatness of Small

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pp. 159-170

Maybe it is the secrets of my first city … of Mostar (in former Yugoslavia), that I unearth in these nostalgic vibes which I feel (in Nezu and Yanaka, Tokyo) … Avlija … my grandparents’ front yard, the main yard, the backyard … All that was huge (in comparison to the spaces of Nezu and Yanaka), all that was located at the...

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Chapter 10: "Fibercity" -- Designing for Shrinkage

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pp. 171-190

We proposed “Fibercity/Tokyo 2050” in 2005 at The 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo which was later published in 2006 in English and Japanese.1 It is an urban proposal for the Tokyo Metropolitan Area in the year 2050. This project is a feasible proposal as well as a theoretically fundamental trial to establish a new paradigm to deal with the planning and designing of cities in the 21st century, which are characterized...


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pp. 191-206


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pp. 207-210


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pp. 211-220

E-ISBN-13: 9789971696221
Print-ISBN-13: 9789971695965

Page Count: 252
Illustrations: 71 images
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: New