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Culture and built-form in the making; an examination of the Asian and Sri Lankan urban space

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Ranjith Dayaratne

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The dawn of the new millenium is characterized by the fast and abrupt change in cultures across the world, propelled largely by western thoughts, ideas and practices. Asia is no exception and has been in the forefront of this change in terms of economy, social patterns and indeed the built-form. 1980s saw a vibrant economic growth in Asia, followed by social, cultural and environmental transformations hitherto unknown in the Asian history, that some of those economies were even dubbed "tiger economies". Despite the collapses of those economies and turmoil that prevailed at the end of the last millenium, the social and environmental transformations have not seen any conceptual set-back but a steady progression towards a universal uniformity coloured only thinly by a subtle diversity of cultural grain.

This paper examines the nature of the emerging Asian urban space and the way in which its spatiality is generated, nurtured and transformed in a people-driven highly politicized cultural process.
How to Cite: Dayaratne, R., (2016). Culture and built-form in the making; an examination of the Asian and Sri Lankan urban space. Built-Environment Sri Lanka. 1(2), pp.38–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/besl.v1i2.7625
Published on 29 Jul 2016.
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