Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Dynamic Ownership and Economic Flux

Rebekah Plueckhahn

Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia

Rebekah Plueckhahn

Distributed for UCL Press

188 pages | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4
Free digital open access editions are available to download from UCL Press.
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781787351530 Published July 2020 For sale in North America only
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781787351547 Published July 2020 For sale in North America only
Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia discusses the lived experience of urban development, redevelopment, and change in Ulaanbaatar. The fast rates of urbanization occurring in many parts of the world are often buoyed by increased investment of capital and ensuing construction, giving rise to other less visible effects among those living in cities—including diverse economic practices, politics, and ethics. Construction becomes a solution to the provision of housing but also simultaneously becomes a problem when economic processes fail to work as they should, or people are dispossessed of land to make way for further urban change.   
Rebekah Plueckhahn explores the inherent contradiction between solution and problem-making as experienced by residents of Ulaanbaatar during a tumultuous period in Mongolia’s economic history. She examines the ways residents attempt to own forms of real estate and, in turn, physically shape the city and its politics and urban economic forms from within. This book interlinks the intimate space of the home with ideologies of the national economy, urban development and disrepair and the types of politics and ethics that arise as a result.
 
Contents
Introduction – Dynamic Ownership and urban futures
Chapter 1 – Productive circulations
Chapter 2 – The making of public and private in a redevelopment zone
Chapter 3 – Atmospheres of tension in a landscape of change
Chapter 4 – The possibilities of possession
Chapter 5 – Seeking Quality
Conclusion – Making the City Visible
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