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Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global




Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global

Ananya Roy (Editor), Aihwa Ong (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-19276-7 July 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 376 Pages


Worlding Cities is the first serious examination of Asian urbanism to highlight the connections between different Asian models and practices of urbanization. It includes important contributions from a respected group of scholars across a range of generations, disciplines, and sites of study.
  • Describes the new theoretical framework of ‘worlding’
  • Substantially expands and updates the themes of capital and culture
  • Includes a unique collection of authors across generations, disciplines, and sites of study
  • Demonstrates how references to Asian power, success, and hegemony make possible urban development and limit urban politics
List of Illustrations vii

Notes on Contributors viii

Series Editors’ Preface xiii

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Worlding Cities, or the Art of Being Global 1
Aihwa Ong

Part I Modeling 27

1 Singapore as Model: Planning Innovations, Knowledge Experts 29
Chua Beng Huat

2 Urban Modeling and Contemporary Technologies of City-Building in China: The Production of Regimes of Green Urbanisms 55
Lisa Hoffman

3 Planning Privatopolis: Representation and Contestation in the Development of Urban Integrated Mega-Projects 77
Gavin Shatkin

4 Ecological Urbanization: Calculating Value in an Age of Global Climate Change 98
Shannon May

Part II Inter-Referencing 127

5 Retuning a Provincialized Middle Class in Asia's Urban Postmodern: The Case of Hong Kong 129
Helen F. Siu

6 Cracks in the Façade: Landscapes of Hope and Desire in Dubai 160
Chad Haines

7 Asia in the Mix: Urban Form and Global Mobilities – Hong Kong, Vancouver, Dubai 182
Glen Lowry and Eugene McCann

8 Hyperbuilding: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Hyperspace of Sovereignty 205
Aihwa Ong

Part III New Solidarities 227

9 Speculating on the Next World City 229
Michael Goldman

10 The Blockade of the World-Class City: Dialectical Images of Indian Urbanism 259
Ananya Roy

11 Rule by Aesthetics: World-Class City Making in Delhi 279
D. Asher Ghertner

Conclusion Postcolonial Urbanism: Speed, Hysteria, Mass Dreams 307
Ananya Roy

Index 336

“I am hopeful that this collection, along with others of its kind, will inspire new lines of research and theorisation that will help arrest the actual realities of cities in an era of planetary urbanisation.”  (Urban Studies, 1 February  2015)