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Cross-Cultural Urvan Design introduces and discusses the issues that now confront the planning and design of cities and settlements and create the context for cross-cultural urban design practice everywhere, including: population movement, international communication, urbanization and suburbanization, environmental degradation, tourism, sustainability, commercialization, flows of capital. It maps out how urban practitioners, researchers and educators are currently responding to these issues in their work, presenting and discussing cases and theories of urbanism from across the globe.
Contributions are framed in three sections Reconceptualizing the city presents ways to read the contemporary city and rethink work within it. Experiments in practice presents and discusses cases where practitioners have confronted new conditions as experiments observed and queried. Finally, Learning cross-cultural urban design presents and discusses the learning process as a field of research and its contribution to practice.
The concluding chapter offers new theoretical frameworks for understanding current practice and ways of developing the capacity to deal with urban environments globally.
A unique collection that will be of use to all those engaged in contemporary urban design research and practice, Cross-Cultural Urban Designpresents a new way of thinking about urban design within the complex context of the contemporary world and posits a way forward - as cross-cultural practice that supports and develops sustainability - locally.
Introduction Cross-Cultural Practice: Why Experiment Now? Part 1: Re-Conceptualizing the City: New Ways to Read Difference 1.1. Finding the Identity of Place through Local Landscapes 1.2 Erasure, Layering, Transformation, Absorption 1.3 between ‘Asianization’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’ Housing in 21st Century Singapore 1.4 Dissolved Identity and Disintegrated Globalization 1.5 The Communal Project and the Reinforcement of Values 1.6 Urban Development and Context: The Traditional Landscape and Globalization in Marrakech 1.7. The Urban Edge: Bangkok Soi as Mediators of the Global and Local 1.8. Eco-Planning for Development in Northern Thailand 1.9. Local Identity in Bangkok’s Business Districts Part 2: Experiments in Practice - The Dynamics of the Urban Design Project 2.1. Transparency in Sustainable Development: Nonghan Basin, Thailand 2.2. Restructuring the Medina in Tunis: El Hafsia 2.3. Garden Urbanism in China and New Zealand 2.4. Revitalizing the Montenegrin Village 2.5 Strategies to Support Urban Identity 2.6. Mediating Global and Local: The Montreal Experience 2.7. New Practices in Urban Development 2.8. Sustainable Tourism for Local Identity: The Hill-Tribe Villages of Northern Thailand 2.9. Making the City: The Bordeaux Experience Part 3: Learning Cross-Cultural Urban Design - Reflecting on Cross-Cultural Interactions 3.1 Casts, Roles and Scripts of Otherness 3.2 Analysis, Concept and the Value of Words 3.3 Work and/or Play? 3.4 Why Use English? 3.5. Sustainability Learnt from Difference 3.6. Experiencing Cross-Cultural Practice 3.7. Workshops as Culture. Conclusion Urban Design for a Cross-Cultural Future