Imaging the Globalized City: Rem Koolhaas, U-thèque, and the Pearl River Delta

Chris Berry

in Cinema at the City's Edge

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099845
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206731 | DOI:

Series: TransAsia: Screen Cultures

Imaging the Globalized City: Rem Koolhaas, U-thèque, and the Pearl River Delta

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This chapter examines the imaging and the imagination of the Globalized City. It focuses on three texts to compare two different visions of one urban or conurban space that has emerged post globalization—the Pearl River Delta. Rem Koolhas has discussed the Globalized City in his essay called “The Generic City”, where he celebrates the postmodern tendencies of globalization towards homogenization, the erasure of history, and the loss of identity bemoaned by so many others. Another text examined is U-théque's documentary San Yuan Li, which emphasizes history and local specificity. The third text, Harvard Design School Project on the City: Great Leap Forward was edited by Koolhaas and this tracks the recent transformation and urbanization of the Pearl River Delta. The chapter concludes by suggesting that although the difference between Koolhaas's and U-théque's visions of the Globalized City is real, both of them are within the order of globalization.

Keywords: Globalized City; globalization; Pearl River Delta; Rem Koolhas; The Generic City; U-théque; San Yuan Li; homogenization

Chapter.  7226 words. 

Subjects: Film

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