Staged Authenticity: The Case of Urban Regeneration in Porcelain City, Taiwan

Authors: Jung-Ying Chang*, National Taipei University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Asia
Keywords: authenticity, urban regeneration, fast policy, porcelain city, Taiwan
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor
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Last three decades have witnessed widespread cultural or creative narratives in urban policy rhetoric and mainstream urban studies. While mutual contending, literatures with opposing stands converge to some extent with reference to the positive role of “authenticity”. In this sense, possession of authenticity seems to be considered as the decisive pivot of successful or sustainable cultural/creative cities. This paper attempts to query and criticize this “fast policy” of authenticity obsession. Based on a case study of Yingge, the porcelain city in Taiwan, several research questions are discussed: How is the concept of authenticity staged in a specific city? Why and by whom is the discourse of authenticity used as a lever of power? What are the consequences of urban development? It is argued that rather than regenerating an authentic cultural city, the government-led staged authenticity may result in fragmentation of the cognitive mapping of place.

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