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Title: Competitive cities and human scales: The semiotics of urban excess
Authors: Goh, R.B.H. 
Keywords: City scales
The body
The city
The posthuman
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Citation: Goh, R.B.H. (2011-06). Competitive cities and human scales: The semiotics of urban excess. Semiotica 2011 (185) : 189-211. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cities are inextricably bound to their human denizens, although this human dimension is complicated by the emphasis on scale, speed, and progress that often dominates the semiotics and discourses of urban competition. In a profoundly ambivalent movement, various aspects of human "livability" are highlighted in the "quality of life" components of cities rankings and planning, while at the same time the "megacity" trend in planning and semiosis constantly threatens to overwhelm precisely that human livability. We can thus detect two broad and fundamentally-opposed semiotic trends, namely, the confidently cosmopolitan trend that emphasizes urban growth and the positive effects these are assumed to have on quality of life; and the dehumanizing trend that emphasizes the human cost of urban growth and its technological components. The profound ambivalence that this indicates, needs to be figured into urban discourses towards a more holistic and balanced account. © Walter de Gruyter.
Source Title: Semiotica
ISSN: 00371998
DOI: 10.1515/semi.2011.038
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