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  • Collective Forms and Collective Spaces: A Discussion of Urban Design Thinking and Practice Based on Research in Chinese Cities

Jacoby, Sam, 2019, Journal Article, Collective Forms and Collective Spaces: A Discussion of Urban Design Thinking and Practice Based on Research in Chinese Cities China City Planning Review, 4. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1002-8447 (In Press)

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The paper examines how social projects, social spaces, and social realities define three contexts and shifts critical to understanding urban design in China. The transformations from collective forms to community building, from government to governance, and from urban versus rural development to urban-rural integration. The argument presented is that a unique unification of administration, production, and reproduction spaces into one institution, produced collective forms in China, whose collective spaces and collective subjectivities contrast with Western-centric explanations of urban design and urban sociology that depend on abstract notions of the public, public space, community, and place making. Instead, collective forms and collective spaces are defined by concrete activities, interests, and benefits that provide social networks of support and care to clearly identifiable constituencies. The collective and the community in China are thus always legibly spatialized and develop in parallel to a socialized model of governance that derives from a “differential mode of association.” This creates a spatialized governmentality, an instrumentalization of spatial design by government that brings spatial and social problems of governance closely together. A brief discussion of the historical formations of these changing contexts is the basis to outlining an interdisciplinary urban design approach that deals with spatial and social environments, practices, and policies. The paper brings together research conducted in Chinese cities including Wuhan, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Official URL: http://www.ccprjournal.com.cn
Subjects: Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K430 Planning studies
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K440 Urban studies
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Funders: British Academy
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 12:57
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 12:57
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4161
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