Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia
In this final chapter, we step back from the rich tapestry woven from ethnographic material amassed for each city and the grounded analysis of site-specific contexts and developments to reflect more broadly about culture, urban landscapes and global cities. We take stock of what the specific cases tell us about cultural mega-projects and cultural clusters in cities, but, on an even larger canvas, we draw lessons more generally about urban governance, community engagement, cultural capital and city identities. Before we pull together and assess the learning points drawn from the case studies, we remind ourselves of the ambitions of the cities in question, recollecting why it is important that analyses of the Asian context as (only partially) represented by these cities are critical to the task of rethinking some of our existing theoretical knowledge, so often derived from observations of the Western world.
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