The idea of ""Asian space"" is undergoing a transformation as a result of rapid technological, economic, social and cultural changes. Following the shift to a global economy and an urban population explosion, Asian cities have projected as one of the mainstays of progress, national pride, identity, and positioning on the global stage. The extraordinary pace and intensity of the changes have created a situation unique in the history of urban development.
Despite the immense diversity of Asian countries, ""Asia-ness"" is often treated as a distinctive quality that has emerged from unique recent circumstances affecting Asian urbanisation's as a whole. In Future Asian Space, 15 authors explore broad concepts relating to the creation and re-creation of ""Asian space"" and contemporary Asian identity, and their examination of different sites and research approaches illustrates the difficulty of pinpointing what ""Asia-ness"" is, or might become.
Appropriate design and planning of cities is a critical element in building a sustainable future and coping with environmental, social and cultural problems. Future Asian Space is designed to stimulate interests and engagement in discussions of the Asian city, and its trajectories in architecture and urbanism.