Ross King


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Ross King is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University o

Ross King is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and from 1995 to 2002 was Professor and Dean in that Faculty. The main area of empirical research has been urban property markets, specifically in Melbourne since the 1930s. Market shifts have been observed in the context of economic and broader cultural changes and linked to changing ideas in architecture and the design of cities. This work is complemented by an interest in the nexus between architectural and urban design theory on the one hand, and social theory and literary criticism on the other; it has been summarised in his 1996 book Emancipating Space: Geography, Architecture and Urban Design (New York: Guilford). Subsequently the focus of both research and teaching has shifted to these and related issues in the context of East and Southeast Asia.
The present focus of research is the question of contested identities in the cities of Asia, and the roles of urban planning, urban design and architecture in such contestations. The work is in large measure building on experiences as a frequent visitor to East and Southeast Asia.
Present interests are research on Bangkok (“the Bangkok of everyday life”) and Kuala Lumpur. Relevant to the latter in the recently published Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya: Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia (NUS Press and NIAS, 2008). A longer-term project is a text on Asia and Utopia: Dreams and Anti-dreams of Urban Asia.

Books by this author

Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya

Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia

This copiously illustrated book compares the diverse, cosmopolitan, multi-racial metropolis of Kuala Lumpur with Putrajaya, Malaysia’s new administrative capital, which is an architectural homage to an imagined Middle East. King argues that the tension between the two places reflects the rifts that run through Malaysian society.

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