eBook Public Space In Urban Asia, 1st Edition

  • Published By: World Scientific Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 9814578339
  • ISBN-13: 9789814578332
  • DDC: 307.76095
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 272 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Over the past few decades, rapid urbanisation has threatened to erode public space, especially in emerging economies. Market forces that prioritise profit generation are allowed to construct venues of consumption in its place. Though their physical appearance may resemble traditional public space, in reality, they are greatly restrictive and diminished in affordability, accessibility and social meaning. It is in this context that William SW Lim, chairman of Asian Urban Lab, has brought together architects, designers, historians, sociologists and urbanists from the region to discuss public space in selected Asian cities.Part One contains essays from participants from Chongqing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Taipei and observations from commentators. Several essays by William SW Lim on the subject round off the discussion in Part Two. The thoughtful essays in Public Space in Urban Asia emphasise how engaging with the present actuality of cities and public awareness of spatial justice in cities are crucial - for it is the achievement of spatial justice that will help create a greater level of happiness across societies in our increasingly urbanised world

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Half Title Page.
Introduction and Acknowledgements.
1: Public Space in Urban Asia.
2: Public Space Today.
3: The Multiple Spaces of Bukit Brown.
4: The Railway Corridor.
5: The Railway Corridor.
6: Singapore's Void Decks.
7: Hawker Centres: Siting/Sighting Singapore's Food Heritage.
8: Carnivalism in Public Spaces in Chongqing.
9: Taxonomy of Public Space in Contemporary Hong Kong.
10: Common Space and Public Space in Contemporary Urbanisation.
11: Thick Crust of Time: Kuala Lumpur.
12: Illegal Architecture: In the Name of Community.
13: Commentaries.
14: Re – Making Public Space through and in Asia.
15: Recalling the Political in Public Space.
16: Sustaining Publics and Their Spaces: William Lim's Writings on Architecture and Space.
17: Change We Must and Other Essays.
18: Global Dynamic Change and Power Rebalance.
19: Commentary on Incomplete Urbanism.
20: Spatial Justice and Happiness.
21: Spatial Justice — A Singapore Case Study.
22: Change We Must.
23: Works Cited.
Advisory Panel.