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Making Place in Taipei in Architecture and the Everyday


Harrison, M, Making Place in Taipei in Architecture and the Everyday, ASAA Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century, July 2012, Sydney, pp. 95. (2012) [Conference Extract]


This paper explores place-making in Taipei, using artefacts, architecture and fragments of the social experience to draw out the tension between the place-making as a set of policy and planning formulations, delivering corporatized and globalized visions for the city and place-making as a set of experiences, practices and memories at the level of the everyday. The paper argues that place-making at the governmental level in Taipei has a logic of monumentalism, expressed most clearly in Taipei 101, that uses architecture to mediate the lived experience of the everyday. It contrasts this with the museum space of Sisi Nancun, using the notion of deterritorialization, expressing the intersection of the material, political and signification in vectors of Taiwan‘s transformation. The experience of development in Taipei subverts its own mediation, using tactics of cooption, redeployment and resistance to reassert the meaning of the city as place of history, memory and practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Harrison, M (Dr Mark Harrison)
ID Code:78677
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2012-07-17
Last Modified:2012-07-17

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