I had the opportunity to listen to Prof. Tay Kheng Soon a couple of months ago at a CPD organised by the SLIA (that is a continues professional development workshop organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects!). I was quite fascinated by the theory proposed by him.
I often struggled to understand clear differences of the urban/ rural patterns in theories taught at the school (uni) and my inability distinguish those differences when I look around the Sri Lankan landscape. Where the city ends and the village starts? Especially along most of the ‘main’ roads l(say from Colombo to Galle) it is very difficult to distinguish between urban and rural.
May be TKS’s ‘Rubernization’ is the answer.
Proff. Tay Kheng Soon (TKS) blog on RUBANISATION
'Mega-Cities in the Tropics - Towards an Architectural Agenda for the Future' by Tay Kheng Soon
Image Credit - Proff. Tay Kheng Soon (http://www.rubanisation.org/)