A recent paper of mine on examining Guangzhou’s use of the Asian Games has just been published by the journal Urban Studies. Entitled “Urban Spatial Restructuring, Event-led Development and Scalar Politics”, it examines the use of the 2010 Summer Asian Games by Guangzhou in China as a means to justify its developmental vision that aimed at raising the city’s global profile and urban accumulation. Please click here to go directly to the journal page to download the paper.
- Updated on 12 October 2014: This article is now published in the journal’s latest issue, Vol 51, Issue 14. See the full table of contents of this issue here.
Below is an abstract. Please e-mail me if you do not have access to the journal and I’ll be happy to share the paper. Other papers that have resulted from my project on Guangzhou can be found on this link (e.g. journal papers from Antipode and City).
Abstract of “Urban Spatial Restructuring, Event-led Development and Scalar Politics”
This paper uses Guangzhou’s experience of hosting the 2010 Asian Games to illustrate Guangzhou’s engagement with scalar politics. This includes concurrent processes of intra-regional restructuring to position Guangzhou as a central city in south China and a ‘negotiated scale-jump’ to connect with the world under conditions negotiated in part with the overarching strong central state, testing the limit of Guangzhou’s geopolitical expansion. Guangzhou’s attempts were aided further by using the Asian Games as a vehicle for addressing condensed urban spatial restructuring to enhance its own production/accumulation capacities, and for facilitating urban redevelopment projects to achieve a ‘global’ appearance and exploit the city’s real estate development potential. Guangzhou’s experience of hosting the Games provides important lessons for expanding our understanding of how regional cities may pursue their development goals under the strong central state and how event-led development contributes to this.
[In Chinese; thanks to Yimin Zhao for translation]
In Chinese; thanks to Yimin Zhao for translation]
本文借助广州举办 2010 年亚运会的经历分析了这座城市的尺度政治问题。文章
Below is one of the images used in the paper, which shows how the new central business district (Pearl River New Town or zhujiang xincheng 珠江新城) has changed substantially during the ten years prior to the Games opening.