Edited by Arja Ropo, Perttu Salovaara, Erika Sauer and Donatella De Paoli
Chapter 9: Cities lead
In this chapter I argue that places exert leadership, because space influences action. Concentrating on two megacities, New York and Jakarta, I study how the cities lead the people. City residents are driven not only by their own personal needs and daily routines, but, for example, by the city’s grid, traffic arteries and public transport. Research on aesthetic leadership and space explores the symbolic meanings and inherent power issues reflected in spaces and places. The relationship between leadership and space is twofold: physical places form and shape leadership constructions, while simultaneously leadership produces social, experienced spaces.
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