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LSE-PKU Summer School 2013

The course “Urban Asia: Cities, society and development” is taught by Dr Hyun Bang Shin of the London School of Economics’ Department of Geography and Environment, a specialist in Asian cities with particular interests in cities in East Asia including China.

The course explores the contemporary dynamics of urbanisation in Asia, with special emphasis on cities in East and Southeast Asia that have experienced rapid urban development with strong state intervention in city-making and economic development. Re-making of Chinese cities will also be highlighted in the course, benefiting from the geographical advantage of having the summer school in China. The course will pay attention to examining the differences as well as similarities of urban development between Chinese and other Asia cities. More information about the course can be found at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/summerSchools/LSEPKUProgramme/courses/gy201.aspx.

The course will be taught through 36 hours of lectures and 12 hours of classes over the two week period, and assessed through a mid-term essay and a final exam.

Applications for the course can be submitted online at www.lse.ac.uk/LSEPKUSummerSchool where more information is available.

Any queries can be sent to lse-pku.programme@lse.ac.uk or to Dr Shin directly on H.B.Shin@lse.ac.uk.

LSE-PKU Summer School Office

London School of Economics and Political Science

TW3.400, Floor 4, Tower 3,  Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7359 Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 7368

e-mail: lse-pku.programme@lse.ac.uk



Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Conference announcement: The architecture of Southeast Asian cities

The Architecture of Southeast Asian Cities: how do architectural and urban expressions of modernity relate to heritage?

  • Dates: Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 to Sunday, 14 July, 2013
  • Venue: ENSAPB – 60, Boulevard de la Villette – Paris 75019 – France

The conference will deal with recent physical transformations and developments of Southeast Asian cities. This broadly defined geographical area is characterised in part by the diversity of its human settlements, which historically have experienced intense cultural exchanges with each other and with other cultures from beyond Southeast Asia.

These historic interactions have led to the creation of distinctive spatial cultures. Today, Southeast Asian cities are experiencing both rapid urban transformations and increased globalising influences, which are reflected in the changing nature of the agents, models and tools of urban development. In analysing these trends, the conference will question the influence of inherited spatial cultures in the shaping of recent projects.

Contemporary debates in urban studies often centre around the idea of a uniform kind of globalising urbanisation which is spreading world wide. The conference will examine this idea as a hypothesis in light of the history of each city, the persistence of ancient urban morphologies, and heritage policies promoted by various Southeast Asian nations.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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