Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes and urban life of cities in Asia possess an order and hierarchy that often challenges understanding and appreciation. With contributions by a cross-disciplinary group of authors, Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia examines a range of cases in Asia to explore the social and institutional politics of urban informality and the contexts in which this “messiness” emerges or is constructed. The book brings a distinct perspective to the broader patterns of informal urban orders and processes as well as their interplay with formalized systems and mechanisms. It also raises questions about the production of cities, cityscapes, and citizenship.
Messy Urbanism will appeal to professionals, students, and scholars in the fields of urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, planning and policy, as well as Asian studies.
Manish Chalana is associate professor of urban design and planning at the University of Washington. His work focuses on urban design, urban history, historic preservation, and international planning and development.
Jeffrey Hou is professor and chair of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary City.
- List of Figures(p.vii)
- Chapter 1 Untangling the “Messy” Asian City(p.1)
- Chapter 2 A History of Messiness: Order and Resilience on the Sidewalks of Ho Chi Minh City(p.23)
- Chapter 3 The Order of Messiness: Notes from an Indonesian City(p.41)
- Chapter 4 Concrete Jungle or Geocultural Cipher? Reading Lineage into the Perils and Prospects of Metro Manila(p.61)
- Chapter 5 The Royal Field (Sanam Luang): Bangkok’s Polysemic Urban Palimpsest(p.81)
- Chapter 6 Shinjuku 新宿: Messy Urbanism at the Metabolic Crossroads(p.101)
- Chapter 7 Little Manila: The Other Central of Hong Kong(p.119)
- Chapter 8 Neutral Equilibrium in Public Space: Mong Kok Flower Market in Hong Kong(p.137)
- Chapter 9 Making Sense of the Order in the Disorder in Delhi’s Kathputti Colony(p.155)
- Chapter 10 Messy Work: Transnational Collaboration in Chandigarh(p.175)
- Chapter 11 Everyday Urban Flux: Temporary Urbanism in East Asia as Insurgent Planning(p.193)
- Chapter 12 Messy Urbanism and Space for Community Empowerment in China(p.215)
- Epilogue: Sites of Questions, Contestations, and Resistance(p.238)
- Notes on Contributors(p.244)