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Cities in Relations: Trajectories of Urban Development in Hanoi and Ouagadougou

Cities in Relations: Trajectories of Urban Development in Hanoi and Ouagadougou

Ola Söderström

ISBN: 978-1-118-63280-2 April 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 230 Pages


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Cities in Relations advances a novel way of thinking about urban transformation by focusing on transnational relations in the least developed countries.

  • Examines the last 20 years of urban development in Hanoi, Vietnam, and in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Considers the ways in which a city’s relationships with other places influences its urban development
  • Provides fresh ideas for comparative urban studies that move beyond discussions of economic and policy factors
  • Offers a clear and concise narrative accompanied by more than 45 photos and maps

List of Figures vii

List of Tables x

Acronyms xi

Series Editors’ Preface xiii

Preface and Acknowledgements xiv

1 Comparing Cities in Relations 1

Relating Hanoi, Ouagadougou … and Palermo 4

A Brief Introduction to Two Distant Cousins 5

World-city Research Beyond the West 9

Relational Geographies 12

Comparing Cities 17

The Structure of the Book 26

2 Trajectories of Urban Change in Two Ordinary Cities 31

Regime Change in Hanoi and Ouagadougou 33

Forms of Relatedness 42

Conclusion 55

3 Transnational Policy Relations 60

Mobile Planners and City Networks 63

Concrete and Paper in Hanoi’s Urban Development 64

Ouagadougou’s Competing Worlds of Policy Relations 76

Conclusion 87

4 Public Space Policies on the Move 92

A Repertoire of Translocal Connections 94

Public Space: Understandings, Practices and Things 97

Translocal Connections and Public Space Policy in the Making 103

The Politics of Translocal Connections 108

Traveling Participation and Public Space Design 110

Conclusion 116

5 Connecting to Circuits of Architectural Design 120

Stretched Geographies of Design 121

Circuits of Architectural Design in Hanoi and Ouagadougou 123

Hanoi: Design Spaces of an Emerging Economy 125

Ouagadougou: Architectures of Development 131

Grounding Design 136

Conclusion: Transnational Learning Processes and “Banal” Nationalism 140

6 On Road Interchanges and Shopping Malls: What Traveling Types Do 145

Modernization as Morality and Power 147

Modernization Through Ouagadougou’s Built Environment 150

Staging New Social Identities in Hanoi’s Shopping Malls 159

Conclusion 166

Conclusion: For a Politics of Urban Relatedness 171

Comparing Processes, Worlds of Relations, and Relational Effects 172

The Evolving Relational Worlds of Cities 175

An Assets-based Politics of Relatedness 178

References 181

Index 196

“This would be especially valuable in continuing the study of urban developments in the post-communist environment.”  (Geographica Helvetica, 1 May 2015)