Journal article

Re-writing the city: Putrajaya as representation

R King

Journal of Urban Design | Published : 2007


Putrajaya, approximately midway between Malaysia's monarchic/ parliamentary capital of Kuala Lumpur and the new national gateway of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is being developed as the national administrative capital. At first glance it presents as a typical exercise in national celebration, with grand axis, monumental building arrangements, an ornamental lake and token ecological displays. However, a more in-depth examination reveals ambiguities and tensions: between legislature and bureaucracy, between national integrity and global ambition, between rival views of nature and, in its adopted imagery ('styling'), between actual and wished-for origins, and between nostalgia for origi..

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