Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities

Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities

Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia

Lily Kong, Ching Chia-ho and Chou Tsu-Lung

While global cities have mostly been characterized as sites of intensive and extensive economic activity, the quest for global city status also increasingly rests on the creative production and consumption of culture and the arts. Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities examines such ambitions and projects undertaken in five major cities in Asia: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore. Providing a thorough comparison of their urban imaging strategies and attempts to harness arts and culture, as well as more organically evolved arts activities and spaces, this book analyses the relative successes and failures of these cities. Offering rich ethnographic detail drawn from extensive fieldwork, the authors challenge city strategies and existing urban theories and reveal the many complexities in the art of city-making.

Chapter 10: Reusing old factory spaces in Taipei: the challenges of developing cultural parks

Lily Kong, Ching Chia-ho and Chou Tsu-Lung

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, asian geography, economics and finance, asian economics, cultural economics, regional economics, geography, cities, human geography, urban and regional studies, cities


In facing the pressure of globalization and competition between cities, Taipei has embraced the concept of a cultural and creative city and come to regard the creative industry as an essential element for its development (Florida, 2002a, 2005; Kong et al., 2006). The city has made efforts to construct and provide cultural space for the creative class, offer diverse cultural events to residents and promote the city’s image. It has diligently tried to enhance its cultural capital by presenting, remoulding or creating venues with their own character and identity. By promoting the city’s creative industry, the goal is to promote cultural consumption among its people, consolidate the citizenry’s identity and cultivate the city’s image by creating its own cultural characteristics (Hsing and Chou, 2003).

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