Research Centre: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities Initiative
Active Dates: 2016-2019
The developments of urban mega-projects have been unprecedented in the speed and scale at which they have been conceived and implemented, and none more so than in the rapidly transitioning economies of East Asian cities. Focusing on the cases of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon and Shanghai’s Lujiazui, the research has investigated the conception, design, implementation and implications for these two Grands Projets, as part of an eight-case in-depth research project conducted at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) of the Singapore-ETH Centre. Physical manifestations of the transitioning political economies in which the projects are contexualized, the unpacking of the two cases reveal the potentials for inclusive and adaptable means for future developments of urban mega-projects. The research notably fills a gap in the discourse on spatial production for the two areas and is crucial in showing the specific processes and pathways for their developments.
Zhou, Ying. “Lujiazui Shanghai: Urban Paragon for a Post-Socialist China.” In The Grand Projet: Towards Adaptable and Liveable Urban Megaprojects, edited by Kees Christiaanse, Anna Gasco, and Naomi Hanakata, 105–48. Amsterdam: NAi Publishers, 2019.
Zhou, Ying, and Desmond Choi. “West Kowloon, Hong Kong: A Transport-Oriented Development with Culture.” In The Grand Projet: Towards Adaptable and Liveable Urban Megaprojects, edited by Kees Christiaanse, Anna Gasco, and Naomi Hanakata, 149–98. Amsterdam: NAi Publishers, 2019.
To impact the existing discourse on large-scale urban projects, notably in the megacities of emerging economies and to influence policymaking and planning for prevalent megaprojects so that they could be more sustainable and resilient