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Constructing the south-east asian ascent: Global vertical urbanisms of brick and sand

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William Jamieson, Katherine Brickell, Nithya Natarajan, Laurie Parsons

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Urbanism
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge, Power and the City
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429521775
ISBN (Print)9780367200961
Published6 May 2021

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Publisher Copyright: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Michele Lancione and Colin McFarlane. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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Across South-East Asia, the explosion of construction is driving record demand for building materials to support the literal ascent of its cities. Bringing together the research on brick and sand, in Phnom Penh and then Singapore, this chapter looks up from their reclaimed land and skyscrapers to question the vertical urbanisms of global city-building. It grounds and embodies scholarly proclamations through the less visible lives of those bound in their making and ‘calls into question the universals of global urbanism’ through the fraught production of its material form. Cambodia is in the midst of a construction boom. Today, the construction boom continues unabated, buoyed in particular by an expanding demand for luxury gated complexes for Cambodian and foreign elite and low-cost housing for thousands of migrant workers in the garment and services sectors.

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