deCoding Asian Urbanism


deCoding Asian Urbanism is timely given the meteoric growth of Asian cities as hundreds of millions of new dwellers are transforming our understanding of urbanism, from China to South Korea, Indonesia, or India. The exhibition’s relevancy is expansive. As migration from Asia continues worldwide and economic connections deepen, the influence of the diaspora is being experienced globally, whether in Los Angeles, Berlin, or Sao Paulo. By exploring this exponential growth and its impact worldwide, deCoding Asian Urbanism seeks to stimulate a dialogue between policymakers, designers, and public officials shaping cities in today’s multilayered paradigm. 

The project’s decade-long effort and research are memorialized in an accompanying 458-page publication that includes the work of prominent sociologists, architects, historians, urban designers, and activists from across the globe, each providing a unique perspective on the complexity of the contemporary city. Extensively illustrated with project images, analytical diagrams, maps, and selected photographs, it includes excerpts of spirited panel discussions from a symposium at Harvard University. 

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The project is curated by British historian Professor Kenneth Frampton, Malaysian ecologist and architect Ken Yeang, and Los Angeles-based urban designer Farooq Ameen. It builds on multi-year collaborations with the Art Center College of Design, the Bengal Foundation, and Harvard University. The exhibition is made possible by the very generous support of Walter N. Marks, Inc. and the Helms Bakery District. A+D is also indebted to Swinerton Builders, Crisp Imaging, City Design Studio, Francis Krahe & Associates, S2N Technology Group, and others who partnered with the institution to realize the show’s installation.

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