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1st Edition

Cross-Cultural Urban Design
Global or Local Practice?

ISBN 9780415432801
Published January 24, 2008 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Unprecedented in its scope, Cross-Cultural Urban Design: Global or Local Practice? explores how urban design has responded to recent trends towards global standardisation. Following analysis of its practice in the local domain, the book looks at how urban planning and design should be repositioned for the future.

It looks at:

  • population movement
  • urbanization
  • suburbanization
  • tourism
  • commercialization
  • environmental degradation
  • flows of capital.

Mapping out how urban practitioners, researchers and educators are currently responding to these issues in their work, this volume presents and discusses cases and theories of urbanism from across the globe.

Contributions are framed in three sections: Re-conceptualising the city; presenting ways to read the contemporary city and re-think work within it, Experiments in practice; presenting and discussing case studies where practitioners have confronted new conditions and Learning cross-cultural urban design; presenting and discussing learning as a field of research and its contribution to practice.

A unique collection, Cross-cultural Urban Design outlines a new way of thinking about urban design within the complex context of the contemporary world and points a way forward – as a cross-cultural practice that supports and develops sustainability.

Table of Contents

Introduction Cross-Cultural Practice: Why Experiment Now?  Part 1: Re-Conceptualizing the City:  New Ways to Read Difference  1.1. Finding the Identity of Place through Local Landscapes  1.2 Erasure, Layering, Transformation, Absorption  1.3 between ‘Asianization’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’ Housing in 21st Century Singapore  1.4 Dissolved Identity and Disintegrated Globalization  1.5 The Communal Project and the Reinforcement of Values  1.6 Urban Development and Context: The Traditional Landscape and Globalization in Marrakech  1.7. The Urban Edge: Bangkok Soi as Mediators of the Global and Local  1.8. Eco-Planning for Development in Northern Thailand  1.9. Local Identity in Bangkok’s Business Districts  Part 2: Experiments in Practice - The Dynamics of the Urban Design Project  2.1. Transparency in Sustainable Development: Nonghan Basin, Thailand  2.2. Restructuring the Medina in Tunis: El Hafsia  2.3. Garden Urbanism in China and New Zealand  2.4. Revitalizing the Montenegrin Village  2.5 Strategies to Support Urban Identity  2.6. Mediating Global and Local: The Montreal Experience  2.7. New Practices in Urban Development  2.8. Sustainable Tourism for Local Identity: The Hill-Tribe Villages of Northern Thailand  2.9. Making the City: The Bordeaux Experience  Part 3: Learning Cross-Cultural Urban Design - Reflecting on Cross-Cultural Interactions  3.1 Casts, Roles and Scripts of Otherness  3.2 Analysis, Concept and the Value of Words  3.3 Work and/or Play?  3.4 Why Use English?  3.5. Sustainability Learnt from Difference  3.6. Experiencing Cross-Cultural Practice  3.7. Workshops as Culture.  Conclusion Urban Design for a Cross-Cultural Future 

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