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Urban Nomads: Permanently Temporary
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Urban Nomads: Permanently Temporary

8 Seiten · 3,16 EUR
(15. April 2019)

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In this essay we take a look at the interrelated phenomena of international business migrants and rural migrant workers in Shanghai, China. Through separate case studies of each group’s role in the construction process in this rapidly developing world city, we observe them in parallel and shed light on the spatial implications of both groups’ migrant status. In doing so, we determine that both groups live in “cocoon worlds”, albeit in different ways. We recognize that both groups live in a state of permanent temporariness in Shanghai, and, drawing on work by Lefebvre (1974) and others, we assert their temporary “right to the city” and thus call them “Urban Nomads”. Our uncovering of the stark inequalities and harshly inadequate living and working conditions affecting rural migrant workers in the construction industry in Shanghai leads to our development of a concept of “Fair Building”, a socially conscious architecture that calls for accountability in ensuring that rural migrant workers’ needs are taken into account so that their living and working circumstances can improve. Finally, we present our contribution, “Yidong kètàng”, which represents our small part in intervening in the unsustainable and unjust reality of construction work in Shanghai.

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Transculturality – Leadership, Management and Governance
Josef Wieland, Klaus M. Leisinger (eds.):
Transculturality – Leadership, Management and Governance
the authors
Ulrike Bronner

Ulrike Bronner works for PROPROJEKT Planungsmanagement & Projektberatung GmbH, Germany, as part of an interdisciplinary team offering strategic consultancy services for construction projects.

Clarissa Reikersdorfer

Clarissa Reikersdorfer is a research fellow at the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein.