Walking between Slums and Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai

Walking between Slums and Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai

Walking between Slums and Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai

Walking between Slums and Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai

Synopsis

The book is concerned with the effects of globalization on living space (i.e. the space of everyday life), focusing specifically on East Asian metropolises, such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

Excerpt

Capitalism thereby builds and rebuilds a geography in its own image. It
constructs a distinctive geographical landscape, a produced space of
transport and communications, of infrastructures and territorial organizations,
that facilitates capital accumulation during one phase of its history only to
have to be torn down and reconfigured to make way for further accumulation
at a later stage. If, therefore, the word “globalization” signifies anything about
our recent historical geography, it is most likely to be a new phase of exactly
this same underlying process of the capitalist production of space.

David Harvey

If there is a history of walking, then it too has come to a place where the
road falls off, a place where there is no public space and the landscape is
being paved over, where leisure is shrinking and being crushed under the
anxiety to produce, where bodies are not in the world but only indoors in
cars and buildings, and an apotheosis of speed makes those bodies seem
anachronistic or feeble.

Rebecca Solnit

I was writing the last part of this project when the horrors of the September 11 attacks shocked the world. New York City, the global city that serves as a role model for many metropolises in the world, suffered the most audacious terrorist attacks. The collapse of the World Trade Center, the landmark of the quintessential global city, urges us to rethink the monumental space as an emblem of invincible power and the problems entailed by globalization. It is . . .

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