Kees Christiaanse, Anna Gasco, Naomi Hanakata
A better understanding of an increasingly important typology of urban development. A comprehensive reading and comparative analysis of urban megaprojects in Asia and Europe. How adaptable and inclusive can urban megaprojects be? Eight unique case studies: Marunouchi Tokyo, Lujiazui Shanghai, West Kowloon Hong Kong, Marina Bay Singapore, HafenCity Hamburg, La Défense Paris, 22@ Barcelona and King’s Cross London.
Urban Megaprojects – here referred to as Grands Projets – are increasing in number all over the world. They have become major drivers for urban intensification and manifestations of the larger economic and political agenda of their city. As such, Grands Projets offer a productive moment to investigate current urban trends in a globally connected form of concentrated urbanisation.
This book looks into the adaptive and inclusive capacities that urban megaprojects can offer to shape the future of our cities. Featuring eight unique case studies: Marunouchi Tokyo, Lujiazui Shanghai, West Kowloon Hong Kong, Marina Bay Singapore, HafenCity Hamburg, La Défense Paris, 22@ Barcelona and King’s Cross London, the book provides a new and comprehensive reading of selected urban megaprojects in Asia and Europe, and a comparative view of key aspects regarding their role in contemporary urban developments.
The text draws from the perspective of a broad range of stakeholders involved in the making of Grands Projets. With a focus of the spatial practices, our findings aim to not only broaden the scholarship of urban megaprojects but also to provide applicable insights for planners, managers, policymakers and other urban actors.