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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Publication details for Dr Hung-Ying Chen

Chen, Hung-Ying Cashing in on the sky: financialization and urban air rights in the Taipei Metropolitan Area. Regional Studies. 2020;54:198-208.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper focuses on urban air rights, property rights for the ownership, development and trading of the airspace above land parcels. A three-fold contribution is made to the study of urban financialization. First, urban air rights are explicated as a new empirical terrain for research into urban financialization. Second, air rights are conceptualized as ‘market devices’ that enable market-making processes and are deployed by an activist state to facilitate regulatory and socio-technical conditions for urban financialization. Third, case studies of urban Taipei show air rights take subtly different forms across financialized processes of infrastructure provision and urban renewal.