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Transcultural Cities : Border-Crossing and Placemaking,9780415631419
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Transcultural Cities : Border-Crossing and Placemaking

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Transcultural Citiesuses a unique framework of transcultural placemaking, cross disciplinary inquiry and international focus to examine a collection of case studies around the world, presented by a multidisciplinary group of scholars and activists in architecture, urban planning, urban studies, art, environmental psychology, geography, political science, and social work. The book not only addresses and theorizes on intercultural exchanges but also the cultural transformation that takes place in urban spaces. In doing so, it views cultures not in isolation from each other in today's diverse urban environments but as mutually influenced, constituted and transformed. In cities and regions around the globe, migrations of people have continued to shape the makeup and making of neighborhoods, districts, and communities. In North America, new immigrants have revitalized many of the decaying urban landscapes, creating renewed cultural ambiance and economic networks that transcend borders. In Richmond, BC Canada, an Asian night market has become a major cultural event that draws visitors throughout the region and across the US and Canadian border. Across the Pacific, foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong transform the deserted office district in Central on weekends into weekly carnivals. While contributing to the multicultural characters of cities, migration and movements have also resulted in tensions, competition, and clashes of cultures between different ethnic communities, old-timers, newcomers, employees and employers, individuals and institutions. In Transcultural CitiesJeffrey Hou and a talented team of authors argue for a more critical and open approach that sees today's cities, urban places, and placemaking as vehicles for cross-cultural understanding.

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