Village in the City Asian Variations of Urbanisms of Inclusion

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Edited by Kelly Shannon, Bruno De Meulder, Yanliu Lin

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Territory: UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Central and South America
Size: 225 mm x 225 mm
Pages: 132
Illustrations: 100 colour, 40 b&w
Name of series: UFO: Explorations of Urbanism
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  • A comprehensive overview on an urbanisation process particular to China
  • Presents original essays by experts from Asia and Europe

Village in the City investigates an equally specific and spectacular urbanisation process that many regions in China have been undergoing during the past two decades. The massive scale and the unprecedented speed of this process imply an incredible multiplicity of "villages in the city". As such there are as many counter figures as there are "regular" and "normalised" urban environments that engulf these villages. Village in the City opens a window on recent research on the dynamic transformation processes villages in China are undergoing to become (parts of) cities, and contextualises this specific contemporary Chinese phenomenon in a comparative perspective for all of Asia, i.e. including India, South East Asia, and China. And it situates this development also in the history of urbanisms of inclusion.

Kelly Shannon is a professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Norway).

Bruno De Meulder is professor for urbanism at the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Yanliu Lin works as a postdoc researcher at the department of geography at University of Utrecht (Netherlands).

Their Research Group Urbanism and Architecture at the University of Leuven seeks innovative interplays of landscape, infrastructure and urbanisation that respond to contemporary challenges, while critically evaluating the performance and capacity of existing contexts.