Cracks in a Paved Mirror: The Eco-phenomenological Dimensions of Contemporary Urbanisation in Asia

By Michael Chew.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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There is a well-established literature on the macro-scale health and environmental impacts of urbanisation in Asia. However, a key but often-neglected effect of this urbanisation is the growing psychological disconnection of the population from surrounding natural environments. The first part of this paper sets out the context of disconnection on the interconnected perceptual and imaginative levels. The second part introduces eco-phenomenology as a theoretical and methodological process to explore the potential for deeper human-nature engagement. The third part of the paper presents and discusses results from the author’s first-person phenomenological inquiry into human-nature interactions in the context of Dhaka. The fourth part then briefly sketches out opportunities for redeveloping an ecologically grounded perception and imagination that can contribute to a sustainable Asian urbanism.

Keywords: Urbanisation, Eco-Psychology, Phenomenology

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.51-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.794MB)).

Michael Chew

Doctoral Researcher, Department of Design, Monash University Art Design & Architecture, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia