Seeing urban regeneration through an institutional lens : toward a new contextualism

Raul P. LEJANO*, Wing Shan KAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

One of the ‘tools’ of urban regeneration is discourse – that is, the social construction of new strategies for uplifting parts of the city. In this article, we take an institutionalist approach and contrast textualist urban development regimes from contextualist ones, building on recent theoretical advances in institutional contextualism. A review of the institutional literature underscores the utility of this lens in analysing the discourse and practice of urban regeneration. We demonstrate the contrast between text and context in practice and point to a new contextualism in urban planning and design. Drawing upon examples from Hong Kong, we discuss particular challenges, such as textual autopoiesis, for regenerative urban design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-268
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sciences
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 The Institute of Urban Sciences.

Keywords

  • contextualism
  • urban design
  • urban regeneration

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