The aim of the paper is to search and re-search the “fragmented totality” of Taipei as a living city for all which is both “extra-ordinary” and “extraordinary”. The foci of analysis, accordingly, is shifted from the traditional perspective of “sight-seeing” in tourism to the prism of “life-surfing” in human geography by extending the theoretical grounds from regional and neo-regional geographies to the new frontier of post regional studies and from the terroir of places to the neo-terroir of cities. In doing so, a fieldwork strategy of “cycling detour in city lohas” which combines “life-surfing” and “street cruising” in association with the street observations of Japanese modernology is adopted to echo Ben Highmore’s theoretical framework of aesthetics, archives, and practice/critique so as to highlight the spatial ethnography of urban dynamics in daily Taipei. Hopefully, the preliminary findings of this paper will provide some useful clues about the pursuit of a living city for happy all.
|Effective start/end date||2018/08/01 → 2019/07/31|
- post-regional geography
- urban terrior
- the modernology of everyday life
- the extraordinary
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