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Village in the City

Asian Variations of Urbanisms of Inclusion

Village in the City looks at how villages become engulfed in urban centers as the population and geographic parameters of cities grow. Offering specifically a comparative analysis of how this process occurs throughout Asia, but with special attention to Chinese cities, this volume offers case studies focusing on Beijing, Guangzhou, New Delhi, and Hanoi. Academics and practicing architects from Europe and Asia contribute essays that look at the dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in Chinese urbanism, migrant residents in urban centers, and urban renewal. Far-ranging and rigorous, these original essays are supplements with over one hundred images.  

168 pages | 100 color plates, 40 halftones | 9 x 9 | © 2014

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"[Village in the City] asks what might be learned from the village-in-the-city phenomenon.  It is a powerful and poignant question. . . . The authors look, in different ways, at a number of these villages across China, providing an insightful . . . exposition of a unique and intriguing phenomenon. . . . Recommended."


Table of Contents

Village in the City as Urbanism in China and Elsewhere

Bruno de Meulder and Kelly Shannon

The Story of Him, Him and Him

Yi Liu and Wan Xiang


In the Shadow of the Metropolis – Shipai Village

Quanle Huang and Tao Li

Stakeholder Alliances for Redevelopment

Yanliu Lin and Bruno de Meulder

Social Housing and Incremental Upgrading

Yanliu Lin and Shifu Wang

Migrant’s Place Attachment – Xian Cun

Cecilie Andersson

The Reappearance of Water

Jingyuan Hu, Xin Su, Claudia Lucia Rojas, and Pei-Chun Wen


Rethinking Property Rights and Industrial Development

Yani Lai, Edwin Hon-Wan Chan, Lennon H.T. Choy, Bin Li, and Cheng Wei

Spatial Development Patterns

Pu Hao

Urban Village Aftermaths

Urbanus Research Bureau


Heaven over Hell – Public Facilities for Migrant Children

Jun Wu


Informal Settlements with Chinese Characteristics

Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray

Designing for an Urban Countryside

Antje Stokman, Sabine Rabe, and Stefanie Ruff

Reconsidering Village in the Expanding City – Taihu

Kelly Shannon, Bruno de Meulder, Kongjian Yu, and Viviana D’Auria




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