Urbanism and the Global Age

  • Bagoes Wiryomartono


Academic debates and discourses on global urbanism have been going on since the 1970s, especially within the area of the urban political economy; most scholars on urban theory have focused their attention, efforts, and studies on the impacts and consequences of the world political economy of global capitalist regimes and climate changes. While contemporary scholars have explored theories and thoughts on global urbanism as their ontically fixed destination of urbanization, the ontological question falls into oblivion: what is urbanism, simple and plain; what and why do we build, develop, dwell, and sustain our cities for urbanism? This question concerns the ontological difference of urbanism between its presence as the life-world and its manifestation as urbanization. This study is an attempt to explore an alternative theory of global urbanism from its ontological reality of globally connected society today. It is argued by this study that the sense of home enables us to navigate and rethink our being and understanding of the global life-world in the context of urbanism. Methodologically speaking, this theoretical exploration is considered as a philosophical discourse based on the confrontations of key concepts of locally and historically established urbanism in the light of the sense of home. The theoretical exploration in this study is the contents of understanding from these confrontations.


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