ABOUT PUBLIC SPACE IN URBAN ASIA


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Over the past two decades, rapid urbanisation has threatened to erode public space, especially in emerging economies. Market forces that prioritise profit generation are allowed to construct venues of consumption in its place. Through their physical appearance may resemble a traditional public space, in reality, they are greatly restrictive and diminished in affordability, accessibility and social meaning. It is in this context that William S.W Lim, chairman of Asia Urban Lab, has brought together architects, designers, historians, sociologists and urbanist from the region to discuss public space in selected Asian cities.