Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, by Gregory Bracken

By Gregory Bracken

China’s upward thrust as a world strength is likely one of the significant fiscal and political advancements of the earlier fifty years. One probably inevitable end result of industrialization is urbanization, and this definitive examine surveys the foremost points of China’s giant wave of urbanization with an emphasis at the adjustments to the standard of lifetime of city dewellers. With contributions from authors in various fields, points of Urbanization in China creates a resonant and wealthy portrait of China’s international goals, in addition to their tradition, structure, and economic climate. whereas the amount bargains with disparate points of urbanization, the articles incorporated are unified by way of a deep predicament for chinese language citizens.   ** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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In this museum, the city itself is on display; the entire zone of the city limits is displayed in miniature in an auditorium lit by floodlights. The visitor may note the contrast between the muggy clamor of People’s Park and the tranquil, unproblematic city on display; in fact, what is on display is not the actual city but rather its ideal form. An exhibit of the city in 2020 is also on display, a gesture only possible SHANGHAI AND THE 2010 EXPO 53 in a city where the future is seen as entirely malleable and subject to manipulation and quality control, entirely a ‘product’, to echo Lefebvre.

What has been crucial in this process are the replica of tradition and not the tradition itself’ (Kusno 2000: 79). This is true for all three cases – in Buenos Aires, Jakarta, and actual Disneylands – and for many more, for example, the modernization of traditional neighborhoods in Shanghai and Beijing (Ren 2011). In the era of capitalist globalization, TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF ARCHITECTURAL ICONICITY 43 the transnational capitalist class, led either by corporations or by the globalizing state faction (and usually both), appropriates existing iconic monuments or builds new ones in the interests of the culture-ideology of consumerism.

There is (sometimes literally) a concrete representation of generic globalization to be found in the creation of what has been termed transnational social spaces – notably skyscrapers, globally branded shopping malls, theme parks, waterfront developments, and transportation nodes – spaces that, despite their regional characteristics, could be almost anywhere in the world (see, for example, Abaza 2001, Marshall 2003, King 2004). This is something that is examined in Jonathan D. Solomon’s chapter in this book.

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