Practical Utopias Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo



Exhibition, Center for Architecture New York, USA, until 18 January 2014.
Practical Utopias features a body of recent work by international firms in five cities across East Asia. Though occurring in culturally, economically, politically, and geographically diverse environments, these projects exhibit similar characteristics that while not unique in themselves, combine in ways that distinguish this work from that being done anywhere else in the world. Practical utopias are focal points for utopian ambition: expanding central business districts, improving tourism economies, or increasing transportation connectivity. They are also solutions to practical challenges: accommodating increasing density, creating spaces for public leisure, or crafting cultural identities in rapidly changing societies. On offer here is a valuable window into the future of the city, in Asia and worldwide.