Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia
Chapter 1: Arts spaces, new urban landscapes and global cultural cities
This book is about cities ‘going global’ and the cultural and urban strategies adopted towards that end. While global cities have most commonly been characterized as key sites of capital transactions and accumulation, as command centres of intensive and extensive economic activity and as networked nodes, with multiple and recurrent global flows of people, goods, services, ideas and images, the quest for global city status also increasingly rests on the production and consumption of culture and the arts, so that global cities might well be characterized as ‘global cultural cities’. This book examines the ambitions and projects relating to arts, culture and creative production undertaken in five major cities in Asia, namely, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore; it analyses the similarities and differences in their strategies, and their relative successes and failures. In so doing, we hope to contribute to a range of literatures on global cities, urban imaging, urban boosterism, urban rejuvenation, cultural mega-projects and cultural/creative industries and clusters.