Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia
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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These serious problems are compounded by a lack of effective land-use and environmental controls and other institutional machinery necessary for managing the new urban complex. In these areas, administrative departments previously ...
The corridor is a 20 km stretch of land straddling the main north-south highway that connects Bangkok to the northern regions. The chapter reports the results of a study of the housing conditions and housing demand of these factory ...
Conover notes that the land and resource base required to support each of the regions is much larger than the administrative boundaries of the urban area itself. If the urban centre expands, the resource base must expand along with it.
... funds provided by joint ventures between government and private sectors had been used in a major push to create a regional system of fast land transportation. It had greatly facilitated the increased mobility of goods and people.
Ecologically, the patterns of land use for the EMRs were rather similar. With the exception of Singapore, all had opted for low-density, spread-out patterns of settlement. In the late 1990s, a major debate had emerged over whether ...