Many thanks first to Katherine Boller, my editor at Yale University Press, for her enthusiastic support in seeing this book to completion, and to Michelle Komie, for commissioning it in 2012. Thanks also to the other members of the Yale University Press team for their excellent work in making this book a reality. Research for this book benefited from the support for a 2012 Creative Activity Research grant from Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University. It has also had the strong support of former Washington University Dean of Architecture Bruce Lindsey and Director of Architecture Heather Woofter. My colleagues Margaret Garb, professor of history, Sungho Kim, and Seng Kuan, whose knowledge of East Asian urbanism is unparalleled, have also been particularly helpful. I also thank my many other Washington University faculty colleagues and students, too numerous to list here individually.
Many other scholars have also provided some key insights in the writing of this book, notably Sharif Kahatt, whose invitation to teach at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, in 2013 offered me some important new perspectives on current issues in world urban development. Special thanks also to Mary McLeod at Columbia University; Eve Blau at Harvard Graduate School of Design; Ivan Rupnik at Northeastern University in Boston; John Hoal of H3 Studio and Washington University in St. Louis; and Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James of VJAA in Minneapolis, all of whom have thoughtfully expanded my knowledge of many aspects of this material. I am also intellectually indebted to my many former teachers, fellow scholars, and neighbors over the years who have made the research and writing of this book so intellectually productive. As always, this book could not have been completed without the ongoing encouragement of my wife and two daughters, whose patience during the long process of research and writing has been exceptional.