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Airport UrbanismInfrastructure and Mobility in Asia$
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Max Hirsh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696093

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696093.001.0001

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Mobility, Migration, and the Future Asian City

Mobility, Migration, and the Future Asian City

(p.137) Conclusion Mobility, Migration, and the Future Asian City
Airport Urbanism

Max Hirsh

University of Minnesota Press

Airport Urbanism concludes with an autobiographical account of the author's relocation to Singapore. Through observations of daily life and interviews with planning officials, the chapter demonstrates the urban design challenges entailed by the influx of short-term visitors and temporary migrants, who account for 40% of the city-state's population. The author argues that the current discipline of urban planning, as well as scholarly approaches to urban development in Asia, need to be reconceptualized in order to engage with the added demands that temporary inhabitants place on urban housing and transport systems. Ultimately, scholars, designers, and policymakers need to work together in order to explore how cities can productively accommodate a growing number of itinerant inhabitants and harmonize their needs with those of full-time residents.

Keywords:   Asia, Mobility, Migration, Urban studies, Urban planning, Urban development, Criticism, Reformation, Sociocultural impact

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