Messy Urbanism

Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia

Edited by Manish Chalana and Jeffrey Hou

Messy Urbanism

Edited by Manish Chalana and Jeffrey Hou

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

268 pages | 92 b&w illus. and 1 table | 6 x 9
Hardcover $75.00 ISBN: 9789888208333 Published June 2016 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, Messy Urbanism Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban formality and the contexts in which this “messiness” emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship. Messy Urbanism will appeal to professionals, students, and scholars in the fields of urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and policy, as well as Asian studies.
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