At a time when intense dynamics of urban development of Asian cities puzzle and disorient, Ideas of the City in Asian Settings offers knowledge about the concepts, representations, and ideas that lie beneath the historical and contemporary production of cities in Asia, in order to deepen our understanding of the processes and meanings of urban development in the continent. The book sheds more light on the vast array of rules and innovations and aspirations that make cities into complex objects that are continuously ‘in the making’. Because Asian cities have experienced unprecedented dynamics of urban development during the last fifty years, they are considered as crucial places to question the perspectives that multiple actors project onto changing urban environments, as well as the evolution of the role of cities in globalisation.
Henco Bekkering is Emeritus Professor of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He has been Netherlands Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA, and Visiting Scholar at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China.Dr. Adèle Esposito was trained as an architect and urban planner. She is a researcher at the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (CNRS-IRASEC), Bangkok, Thailand. Her research deals with the uses of cultural heritage in the contemporary development of Southeast Asian cities.Dr. Charles Goldblum is Emeritus Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Paris 8 and former director of the French Institute of Planning. Being a specialist in Southeast Asian urban studies and the author of several papers and books in this realm, he is currently associated researcher at AUSser/IPRAUS Research Laboratory (CNRS/ENSAPB).