The Mega-urban Regions of Southeast Asia

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T. G. McGee, Ira M. Robinson
UBC Press, 1995 - 384 pages
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A distinguishing feature of recent urbanization in the ASEAN countries of Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia is the outward extension of their mega-cities (Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur) beyond the metropolitan borders, resulting in the establishment of new towns, industrial estates, and housing projects in previously rural areas. This process has both positive and negative effects. On one side, household incomes and employment opportunities are increasing, but on the other, the growth often causes serious problems in terms of environmental deterioration, conflicting land uses, and inadequate housing and service provisions.

Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive work on the subject of ASEAN mega-urban regions. The contributors review T.G. McGee's original idea of desakota zones, and offer arguments both for and against this concept, making a significant contribution to our understanding of the true face of ASEAN cities. The book brings together authors from around the world and will be of interest to a wide audience, including demographers, urban planners, geographers, sociologists, economists, civil servants and development consultants.

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Contents

New Phenomenon or Transitional Phase
27
Planning for the Bangkok
45
Alternative
78
A Comparative
109
Housing Women Factory Workers in the Northern Corridor of
133
Putting the ASEAN MegaUrban
150
Rimmer 1990b
160
Congestion Management and Sustainable
176
Developing Management Responses for MegaUrban Regions
242
The Effect of Economic
269
The Metro Manila MegaRegion
282
The Case
296
The MegaUrban Region
315
Policies and Issues in the Seventh
328
A Synthesis
343
References
356

Nations Department of International Economic and Social Affairs 1991
180
The Roles and Contributions of the Private Sector in Environmental
194
The Governance of MegaUrban Regions
215
Contributors
374
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T.G. McGee is a professor in the Department ofGeography at the University of British Columbia and Director of itsInstitute of Asian Research. Ira M. Robinson isprofessor emeritus of urban planning at the University of Calgary.

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