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Invisible logic of the city #11

Invisible logic of the city #11

Taipei Community Garden  © All rights reserved by Purple_man  “Developers are true urban editors. They are linked with the city authorities and necessary political powers and they make the urban editing. Architects are in a secondary role – something like the hyenas after the lions have made the kill. Money is a good consultant and the generating force...
Invisible logic of the city #10

Invisible logic of the city #10

Tokyo at night  “Everyone knows what a city is, except the experts.” — Joyce Marcus and Jeremy A. Sabloff, taken from “The Ancient City: New Perspective on Urbanism in the Old and New World”   This is part of a series titled: Invisible logic of the city featured on Asian Urban Epicentres. The aim is to draw...
Invisible logic of the city #9

Invisible logic of the city #9

Downtown Singapore in 1966/1967 © Argentem “This is because it is transforming itself into a new kind of city—- the Global City……….. But once you see Singapore as a Global City the problem of hinterland becomes unimportant because for a Global City the world is its hinterland” —-S.Rajaratnam delivered a speech at Singapore Press Club titled “Singapore:...
Invisible logic of the city #8

Invisible logic of the city #8

Chinatown © STB Digital Library “It is pure intention: if there is chaos, it is authored chaos; if it is ugly, it is designed ugliness; if it is absurd, it is willed absurdity” —Rem Koolhaas’ description of urban development in Singapore taken from his essay Singapore Songlines   This is part of a series titled: Invisible logic of...
Invisible logic of the city #7

Invisible logic of the city #7

 Hong Kong street scene at night©Neurotic Monkey “While western cities with their formalist urban configurations have a built-in inertia to change, Hong Kong with its high urban population density and established street traditions is more open to mutation and reinvention. The on-going process of urban regeneration must seek a subtle and responsive dialogue with the...
Invisible logic of the city #6

Invisible logic of the city #6

Hong Kong ©Ryu Itadani Tokyo ©Ryu Itadani Omotesando, Tokyo ©Ryu Itadani “Considering the specificity of the urbanization in Asia and the debate concerning the Weberian question and Eurocentric values of the role of citizens, the phenomenon of “urbanization without cities”, or “cities without citizens”, has to be dealt with. The emerging role and values of...
Invisible logic of the city #5

Invisible logic of the city #5

Detail from the cover of The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric. ” By analogy to two popular items of Hong Kong cuisine; both consist of a great many ingredients and are products of the immediate region. One is dim sum, meal in which items are served separately from steam baskets in tower formations...
Invisible logic of the city #4

Invisible logic of the city #4

Mong Kong @ Night © b80399 “I have noticed an exciting paradox, the more Hong Kong adapts, the more it becomes itself. Hong Kong is a city capable of absorbing any influences without compromising its own essential culture”  —- Rem Koolhaas on OMA proposal for West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong This is part of a series titled: Invisible logic...
Invisible logic of the city #3

Invisible logic of the city #3

©Rubanisation “Given the evident environmental impact that “development” has had on the global eco-system and the devastating impacts of climate change, what leadership of ideas can the East offer the world? The answers may lie in a re-examination of the relationship between capitalism and the city, and between the urban and the rural. It is...
Invisible logic of the city #2

Invisible logic of the city #2

Marina Bay Sands © STB Digital Library “Given the common pressured of intensified rapid urbanization and global migration of capital, people and goods faces by all capital cities, perhaps, the moment of architecture defining the culture of a place is over. Or, put alternatively, the role of architecture is to collectively define globalized capitalism as ‘culture’ –...
Invisible logic of the city #1

Invisible logic of the city #1

Hong Kong @ busy junction of Causeway Bay “Most Asian cities are where dynamic and bubbling with energy and vibrancy. They are always at the edge of chaos, is established a chaotic order and visible. Street vendors everywhere. Horns blaring in traffic jams. Suffocating smells of smoke emitting by exhaust pipes. These are but some...

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