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On Asian Streets and Public Space

The rapid urbanization of the Asian continent and transformation of its cityscapes have incited many professionals and scholars to pay urgent attention to the study of Asian streets and public spaces in the hope of recording them, learning from their complex nature, and even applying distilled principles in new environments before they disappear under the assault of rapid urban transformation.



This volume presents articles focusing on four prevalent themes, namely transformation and modernity, the culture of streets, experiencing the street and finally, design and quality of streets. However, these themes inevitably overlap, pointing out again the complexity of what we call the "street" and the necessity for interdisciplinary research. Finally, adding "Asian" to "street" opens up the discussion about spaces in the Asian city, and even concepts of "Asian-ness", if indeed such a concept can be defined.



Believing in the importance of understanding "Asian streets" and "streets" in general for future design and planning of our cities, this collection of essays encourages greater interest in this subject, and therefore more interdisciplinary research. Accordingly, this book should interest not only urban planners, architects and other design and building professionals, but also environmentalists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and historians as well as the general public.

192 pages | 6 x 9

Asian Studies: General Asian Studies

Geography: Social and Political Geography, Urban Geography


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Table of Contents

Preface – About GASS
Introduction

I. The Street: Transformation and Modernity
Avenue Praia Grande: A Record of Portuguese Ambition and Nostalgia
CHEN YU + HENG CHYE KIANG

A Street of Elusive Significance: Hamilton Road, Singapore
WOO PUI LENG

From the Aristocratic to the Commercial: Chongno Street in Seoul
KIM SUNG HONG

The Royal Road Revisited: On Transformation of Queen’s Road in Hong Kong
DESMOND HUI + KEN TOO

II. The Culture of Streets
An Insight into the Asian Streets: Streets in Sri Lanka and Their Transformations
RANJITH DAYARATNE

The Malaysian Multicultural Streetscape: Challenges in the New Millennium
YUSHI UTAKA + M. AMIRUDDIN FAWZI

III. Experiencing the Street
Savouring the Streets of Sampaloc: Rediscovering Its Local Flavour
FERDINAND ISIDRO DELA PAZ

Hong Kong Escalator or the Liquid Journey
LAURENT GUTIERREZ + VALÉRIE PORTEFAIX

IV. Design and Quality of Streets
Remoulding Taiwanese Historical Market Streets: The Case of Fengtian
APRIL HUEIMIN LU

Competing for the Sidewalk: Street Peddling as an Unwanted Urban Activity
HERU W. POERBO

The Street and Its Influence on the Sense of Place of Malaysian Cities
SHUHANA SHAMSUDDIN + AHMAD BASHRI SULAIMAN

The Importance of Streets
ALLAN JACOBS

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements

 

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