Chair: Prof. Anoma Pieris1
Presenters: Dr. Amanda Achmadi1, Dr. Sidh Sintusingha1, Karina Putri1, Jayde Roberts2
Discussant: Prof. Jeff Hou3
1 University of Melbourne, 2 University of New South Wales, 3 University of Washington
This roundtable discussion presents observations of the interplay between spatial practices and the transforming political and social landscapes in 21st century Asia. It considers how spatial practices – ranging from formations of mega-infrastructure development to emergences of community based-design activism – are unfolding and are being recast as Asia embraces its urban century. The rise of urban middle classes, fluid labour movements, increased mobility across the region, social media and e-commerce further complicate the unresolved tension between democratisation, identity formation and state politics. All these unravel through the contrasting social and urban landscapes of Asian cities. Productions of built urban spectacle driven by the neo-liberal dream of becoming ‘global’ are presented as the future while their operations remain dependent on the resilient practices of informal urbanism, whether of governance, housing or economy. The roundtable speculates implications of the contrasting scales of spatial practices and poses the question whether this will further reinforce or weaken synergistic-juxtapositions of socio-economic extremes, ubiquitous many Asian cities?