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Architecture Urban & Land Use Planning

The Speculative City

Emergent Forms and Norms of the Built Environment

edited by Cecilia L. Chu & Shenjing He

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Category
Urban & Land Use Planning, Leadership
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487507190
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $85.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487524883
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $34.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487535759
    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price
    $34.95

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Description

The Speculative City explores property speculation as a key aspect of financialization and its role in reshaping the contemporary built environment. The book offers a series of case studies that encompass a range of cities whose urban fabrics have undergone significant transformation in recent years.

 

While the forms of these developments shared many similarities, their trajectories and social outcomes were contingent upon existing planning and policy frameworks and the historical roles assumed by the state and the private sector in housing and welfare provision. By paying close attention to the forces and actors involved in property development, this book underscores that the built environment has played an integral part in the shaping of new values and collective aspirations while facilitating the spread of financial logics in urban governance. It also shows that these dynamics represent a larger shift of politics and culture in the ongoing production of urban space and prompts reflections on future trajectories of finance-led property speculation.

About the authors

Cecilia L. Chu is an associate professor in the Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.

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Shenjing He is professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong.

Shenjing He's profile page