Asian Urbanisms

Michael DOUGLASS
Asia Research Institute

Overview

The Asian Urbanisms cluster explores Asia’s diverse urban experiences historically, contemporaneously, and toward the future. It seeks to contribute to theory and applied research on the reflexivity of society-space relationships in the built environment and city life from local to global scales, in diverse contexts in Asia, and through comparative studies with other world regions. The orientation of the cluster is towards research that speaks in transformative ways to urban-related theories, debates and public policy issues in and beyond Asia. Avenues for research include (but are not limited to): urban heritage and the vernacular city; spaces of hope, including urban discontents, insurgencies and mobilizations for alternative production of space; and disaster governance in an age of urban transitions and global climate change.