By Pu Miao (auth.), Pu Miao (eds.)
PUMIAO 1. the subject material: city Public locations 2. the positioning: Asia Pacific zone three. the aim of the'"Book: For the Makers of Public locations four. the 3 views of the ebook: Description, feedback, and Intervention five. standpoint One: features of Asia Pacific towns and Their Public locations (1) excessive inhabitants Density (2) huge towns (3) combined makes use of (4) Government-Centered and Pro-Development tradition (5) The East-versus-West Bipolarity (6) Small quantity of Public area (7) Absence of huge Nodes and total constitution in Public house (8) extensive Use of Public house (9) Ambiguous Boundary among the general public and the non-public Summaries of Chapters 1-5 6. point of view : present matters and Debates (1) identification Formal id sensible id (2) Sustainability High-Tech as opposed to Low-Tech High-Density as opposed to Low-Density (3) Equality equivalent Participation equivalent Accessibility Summaries of Chapters 6-9 7. viewpoint 3: significant developments in layout and thought (1) The "Grey" courting among the general public and the non-public (2) The Transformation of conventional Typology (3) Indigenous ornament, colour and fabric in New functions (4) The Tropical Public position Summaries of Chapters 10-17 eight. end Pu Miao (ed. ), Public locations in Asia Pacific towns, 1-45. © 2001 Kluwer educational Publishers. 2 P. MIAO 1. the subject material: city Public locations A customer to Kuala Lumpur will rarely fail to remember the event of jogging one of the aromatic end result bought below the overhang of the five-foot walkway in the course of a tropical downfall.
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Extra resources for Public Places in Asia Pacific Cities: Current Issues and Strategies
The critiques contained in this volume, Chapters 8 and 9 on Hong Kong's public space and Chapter 7 on Hanoi's redevelopment, may be among the few early dissenting voices on the unequal accessibility of new Asian public spaces. 106 Isn't it dangerous to blindly trust one ideology (such as free-market capitalism) in the development of cities? Will a "dualist" economy stay much longer than some expect in most developing countries of this region? Is it wise to neglect the time-honored role of public space in enhancing the stability of an urban community?
The critics of this trend may feel particularly troubled by one phenomenon observed in many developing countries, where major physical structures (often of public functions) resembling those in the West are erected as symbols to show that these poorer cities are "catching up" with the industrial world. 87 Dictated by politicians or bureaucrats, these projects often have an overblown scale, wasteful use of resources, and high vacancy. For example, Wujin, a small city (which I visited recently) in the land-scarce Jiangsu Province of China built a new city hall embracing a front lawn of approximately 50,000 square meters!
Instead of contributing to the unity of a city - a basic function of the public space, the privatized spaces often divide the community by their long, blank walls confronting the poorer surrounding areas. The unequal accessibility of public space to the poor tends to become especially acute during the early stages of economic transformation (which may vary 27 INTRODUCTION in time in different cities). Under the impact of global capitalism and its culture, existing value and economic systems (either traditional or socialist ones) and the public services they have maintained disintegrate, while new ones are yet to be established.