Rising in the East
Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia (SUN, 2011) is a book by Rachel Keeton.
Throughout the Asian continent, much of the recent urbanization has come in the guise of New Towns—cities that are completely planned and built from scratch. Many countries like the Emirates, India, China and Korea use these New Towns as a tool to manipulate and control an otherwise unwieldy urbanization process. Rising in the East: Contemporary Asian New Towns examines not only the urban designs, the architectural and urban character of these New Towns, but also the intricate political, economic, and social motivations that bring them into being. The stories of these cities are wrought with political intrigue, financial corruption, ruthless displacements and spatial segregation. Their justifications are often unrecognizable to people familiar with the origins of New Town planning.
This book aims to illustrate both the opportunities and challenges that present themselves in contemporary Asian New Town planning. In doing so, Rising in the East presents a relatively immediate account of the current urbanization processes that are transforming the Asian continent. As a key part of this development, New Towns have their own sometimes tragic, sometimes spectacular stories to tell. Their histories reveal the drama behind the mundane rows of cookie-cutter housing blocks. While globalization continues to blur regional differences, it becomes imperative to ask: what can we learn from these new New Towns?
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