Postmodern Developments in Southeast Asian Cities?


(Excerpt of the Newsletter No. 10, 2009)

Postmodern urban development - inspired by Edward Soja
The US-American Geographer Edward Soja in his visionary monograph on the theory of postmodern urbanisation (2000) pointed out six main characteristic processes, which he sees to be symptomatic for a postmodern city. These are - focused and in short - (1) the transformation from earlier fordistic industrial production to flexible production systems, (2) the transformation of a city to a so-called „global city", (3) the construction of large urban institutions, (4) the growth of urban polarisation, (5) the protection of the city through private security systems and (6) the breach with earlier ideas on the principles of „the urban". Moreover, for Soja, the globalised megacity of Los Angeles worked as a prime example: here a consumer-shaped city had proven to be dependent on worlds of artificial consumption and leisure with its sophisticated architecture. ...


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