Urban Visions in Southeast Asia

This project engages with the “aspirational” future visions promoted by cities and regions in Southeast Asia in their effort to attract investments, tourists and talents. Next to the landmark construction of futuristic high-rises, this competition entails the comprehensive restructuring of technical infrastructure as well as the aspiration to create ‘ecologies of expertise’ (Ong 2005) and more recently an emphasis on sustainability and conviviality. This project looks at the ways in which this is played out in particular in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. It critically reflects on the presentation of self and visions of the future of the cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.