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New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities

From Industrial Restructuring to the Cultural Turn, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter W. Daniels, K.C. Ho, Thomas A. Hutton


302 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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The East and Southeast Asia region constitutes the world’s most compelling theatre of accelerated globalization and industrial restructuring. Following a spectacular realization of the ‘industrialization paradigm’ and a period of services-led growth, the early twenty-first century economic landscape among leading Asian states now comprises a burgeoning ‘New Economy’ spectrum of the most advanced industrial trajectories, including finance, the knowledge economy and the ‘new cultural economy’. In an agenda-setting volume, New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities draws on stimulating research conducted by a new generation of urban scholars to generate critical analysis and theoretical insights on the New Economy phenomenon within Asia.

New industry formation and the transformation of older economic practices constitute instruments of development, as well as signifiers of larger processes of change, expressed in the reproduction of space in the city. Asia’s major cities become the key staging areas for the New Economy, driven by the growing wealth of an urban middle and professional class, higher education institutions, city-based inter-regional movements and urban mega-projects. New Economic Spaces in Asian Cites animates this New Economy discourse by means of vibrant storylines of instructive cities and sites, including cases studies situated in cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Singapore. Theoretical and normative issues associated with the emergence of the new cultural economy are the subject of the book’s context-setting chapters, and each case study presents an evocative narrative of development interdependencies and exemplary outcomes on the ground.

New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities offers a vivid contribution to our understanding of the ongoing transformation of Asia’s urban system, including the critical intersections of global and local-regional dynamics in processes of new industry formation and the relayering of space in the Asian metropolis. The synthesis of empirical profiles, normative insights, and theoretical reference points enhances the book’s interest for scholars and students in fields of Asian studies, urban and cultural studies, and urban and economic geography, as well as for policy specialists and urban/community planners.


"This book provides insightful discussion of case studies in various urban spaces that spotlight the evolutionary space formation among Asian cities during the process of industrial and cultural transformation. This volume also opens a door for scholars to further investigate how these major Asian cities can continue to benefit from cultural spaces during this transition period." - Jaewon Lim, Journal of Regional Science, May 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Purpose, Themes and a Pathway Through the Book The Editors Section I. Theory: Situating the New Culturual Economy in the Asian City Chapter 2. Changing Landscapes of Services and Restructuring in Asian Cities Peter Daniels Chapter 3. The Cultural Turn and Urban Development in Asia Tom Hutton Chapter 4. The Cultural Economy and the Relayering of Space in the City K C Ho Section II. The New Cultural Economy and the Reconstruction Space in Asian Cities Chapter 5. Film Festivals in Asian Cities Ann Vogel Chapter 6. The Diversity of Innovation Patterns in New Industries: The Case of "Cool Japan" Cornelia Storz Chapter 7. Reinvention or Path Dependency? Transition of a Periphery Office District in the New Economy of the Teheran Valley, Seoul Namji Jung Chapter 8. Turning the Hong-dae Area into a Cool ‘Cultural District’ in Seoul Mihye Cho Chapter 9. From ‘Paris of the East’ to the ‘New York of Asia’? The Development of Shanghai as a Banking Centre Karen Lai Chapter 10. Suzhou Creek and the Cultural Quarter Program in Shanghai Sheng Zhong Chapter 11. Selling Place Through Art: The Creation and Establishment of Beijing’s District 798 Jennifer Currier Chapter 12. Shenzhen’s Evolution from Tabula Rasa Laboratory of New Chinese Urbanism to Post-industrial UNESCO Creative City of Design Laurence Liauw Wei-Wu Chapter 13. Craft, Creativity and New Economic Spaces in Kyoto Kazuko Goto Chapter 14. The Cultural Economy in the Developmental State: A Comparison of Little India and Chinatown in Singapore K C Ho and Tom Hutton Chapter 15. Making/Marketing Heritage: Chinatowns in Asia Serene Tan Chapter 16. Conclusions: Implications for Theory, Policy and Planning Practice The Editors

About the Editors

Peter W. Daniels is Professor of Geography, University of Birmingham, UK.

K. C. Ho is Vice Dean (Research) and Associate Professor of Sociology at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

Thomas A. Hutton is Professor in the Centre for Human Settlements at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies