chapter  16
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Epilogue: implications for theory, policy and planning practice

ByPETER W. DANIELS, K.C. HO AND THOMAS A. HUTTON

While our studies demonstrate the power of new industries to reconfigure space (and place) in the twenty-first-century Asian city, the case studies also demonstrate in many examples a corollary effect – i.e. the potential of space and spatiality to influence the structure, labour profile and operating characteristics of economic activity, and more particularly the emergent recombinant forms of industrial activity imbued with complex synergies between technology, culture, talent, and policy factors. ‘Space’ in this context is not merely a blank slate for the inscription of economic work and other human activities, but rather a complex tableau incorporating place-specific textures, histories, pathways, and built form qualities – all of which combine in different ways to provide a milieu conducive to the conduct of exchange, experimentation, innovation, production, and multifaceted transformation.