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Messy UrbanismUnderstanding the "Other" Cities of Asia$
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Manish Chalana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208333

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208333.001.0001

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Everyday Urban Flux: Temporary Urbanism in East Asia as Insurgent Planning

Everyday Urban Flux: Temporary Urbanism in East Asia as Insurgent Planning

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(p.193) Chapter 11 Everyday Urban Flux: Temporary Urbanism in East Asia as Insurgent Planning
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Messy Urbanism
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Jeffrey Hou

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208333.003.0011

This chapter examines the flexibility and fluidity of urban spaces in selected cities in East Asia focusing on their spatial, temporal, and cultural dimensions. Rather than random occurrences or disorder, it argues that such flexibility and fluidity reflect specific strategies and tactics on the part of individuals, social groups, businesses, neighborhoods, and cities to cope with the density and limitations, as well as possibility and potentials, of the urban environment. Overtime, they also reflect the social and cultural norms that emerged from those settings. Focusing on selected urban fabrics of Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo, the chapter examines how such phenomena occur in the streets, arcades, markets, alleyways, buildings, as well as other hybrid and less recognizable spaces and processes in the East Asian cities. Within these spaces and temporal processes is a vocabulary of frugality, practicality and defiance against the hegemony of official discourses and practice of urban planning and design. Performed by ordinary citizen actors, this chapter argues that these activities constitute a form of insurgent planning, a set of counterhegemonic practices by marginalized groups, which serves as a counterpoint to the institutional practice of citizen participation under neoliberal governance.

Keywords:   Urban flux, Temporary urbanism, DIY urbanism, Tactical urbanism, Insurgent planning, East Asia

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