UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
Seminars

Bart Wissink

Bart Wissink
Date:
15-Nov-2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:
Room 829, 8/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road Hong Kong
Title:
Reassembling Bangkok: Stories from an Increasingly Careless City
Speaker(s):
Dr. Bart Wissink
Associate Professor
Urban Studies and Urban Policy,
Department of Public Policy,
City University Hong Kong

Abstract

Dr. Bart Wissink discusses his current book project on urban transformations in Bangkok against the backdrop of dramatically rising inequalities in late capitalist cities. His argument starts from the idea that ‘objective’ inequalities are mediated by the specific characteristics of a city: to name some examples, a city with much open space will support possibilities for squatting; government policies in some cities will be very restrictive; and urban social cultures in some cities translate into civic responsibilities but not in others. As a result, the life of the disadvantaged in some cities will be harder than in others, even when inequalities are similar, and these differences do matter. Following a rapidly expanding discussion in other disciplines, Reassembling Bangkok develops the concept of ‘care’ to further discuss such variations between cities: in ‘caring’ cities the effects of inequalities will be less disastrous as these cities are more ‘inclusive’ than in ‘careless’ cities. Discussions on urban inequalities should therefore not only focus on the structural transformation of the global economy that produces ‘objective’ inequalities, but also on mechanisms of care that can help to mediate such inequalities.

About the Speaker

Dr. Bart Wissink is Associate Professor Urban Studies and Urban Policy at the Department of Public Policy at City University Hong Kong. His research explores enclave urbanism in five Asian city regions (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Tokyo), with special attention for comparative urban form, urban controversies, and social networks and the neighbourhood. Bart Wissink has held visiting appointments in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris. His most recent co-edited book (with Ray Forrest and Sin Yee Koh) – Cities and the Super-Rich – appeared with Palgrave MacMillan in March 2017. He currently works on the book project Reassembling Bangkok: Stories from an Increasingly Careless City.

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