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Title: DICHOTOMY OF 'THE CONSTRUCT' AND 'THE PRODUCT' : STUDY OF ASIAN COMMERCIAL PUBLIC SPACES
Authors: UJJAVAL RAJENDRABHAI PAREKH
Keywords: Architecture
Master (Urban Design)
Davisi Boontharm
Asian urbansim
Commercial public spaces
Connaught place
Orchard road
Siam square
Urban design
Issue Date: 18-Jun-2010
Citation: UJJAVAL RAJENDRABHAI PAREKH (2010-06-18T03:49:31Z). DICHOTOMY OF 'THE CONSTRUCT' AND 'THE PRODUCT' : STUDY OF ASIAN COMMERCIAL PUBLIC SPACES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Public spaces are crucial components of a city. It provides a stage for collective interaction and exchange, which reflects the character of the city. This study is an inquiry into the understanding of commercial public spaces in Asian context. It is an attempt to understand the making and the functioning that constitutes the intangible quality of these public spaces. Most studies of public spaces are focused on conventional urban spaces like the streets, squares and parks. They tend to portray public spaces as fixed and permanent physical spaces and illustrate insufficient understanding of the way in which these public spaces comes into being. This study is an attempt to understand 'the construct’ of Asian commercial spaces and to understand the significance of such commercial public spaces to its cities. In the current context, one can observe a fundamental shift in the notion of commercial public spaces and this study here looks beyond the pre existing understanding of public spaces and explores into the potential urban experiences offered by the contemporary successful Asian commercial public spaces. Public spaces are very important for establishing the framework of new urban planning strategies. But how much urban design and other design disciplines could contribute to the making of meaningful public spaces is debatable. The response to this question remains intangible in nature. This research also inquires into the working of three different well established commercial public spaces at Connaught Place, New Dilli; Siam Square, Bangkok; and Orchard Road, Singapore. These examples can be referred as ‘the product’ which represents the successful Asian commercial spaces and have developed their own urban culture. This study establishes a broader understanding of such current urban culture practiced in leading Asian cities. It also aspires to establish a broader understanding of the influencing and formulating aspects of place making and their manifestation into desired public spaces. It is an attempt to understand the significance of 'the construct' and 'the product' of Asian commercial public spaces.
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