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  • The Urban Design of Intervention

The Urban Design of Intervention

Imposed and Adaptive Places in Asian Cities

Peter Cookson Smith


English , 2014/11 MCCM Creations

Tags: Art, Architecture

248 x 232 mm , 420pp ISBN : 978-988-13114-2-9

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Asia makes up 20 percent of the planet’s total area, and almost 60 percent of its population at a density three times the world average. At the same time the Asian city is in transition, where diverse settlement patterns and urban forms, are giving way to a surge of commonalities through the dominant forces of globalization. No twithstanding this, the urban design that we perceive today can be traced back to a range of interventionist processes and influences over the centuries. This requires an understanding of historical, cultural, economic and political dynamics that have created the physical condition of the modern asian city. In this book Peter Cookson Smith discusses such aspects as the conflicts and co-ordinates of heritage; colonizing paradoxes; and the forces that are re-formatting the asian region through forms of capital growth and distinctive spatial patterns. The book documents case studies of 20 primate cities within several geographic regions, around which capitals and port cities came into being, and is accompanied by more than 500 drawings and sketches.

Dr Peter Cookson Smith is an architect, planner and urban designer. He is a consultant with URBIS, the firm he founded in Hong Kong in 1977 - one of the first specialist planning, environmental, landscape and urban design consultancies in Southeast Asia. He has directed projects for a wide range of government, private and institutional bodies, and for several years was a Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong. Formerly president of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Cookson Smith is currently the President-Elect of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. His publications include The Urban Design of Impermanence: Streets, Places and Spaces in Hong Kong (2006) and The Urban Design of Concession: Tradition and Transformation in the Chinese Treaty Ports (2011).

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