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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Based on Hoyt (1990) / 173 Southeast Asian cities with over one million population, 1990. United Nations, Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (1991) / 180 Southeast Asian cities with over one million population, ...
This will involve the addition of more than 168 million people to the 1990 urban population of 106 million in the thirty-year period between 1990 and 2020. At the same time, the population of ASEAN will grow from 323 million to 498 ...
... a less-regulated global financial environment, and particularly from the growth in Southeast Asian demand, as the nine ASEAN countries exhibited rapid growth and became a free trading bloc with a population of close to 690 million.
The remaining components of the urban system consisted of secondary cities such as Cebu, Manado, Penang, Chiang Mai, many of which had more than one million people and played an important role in regional interactions at both national ...
By 2000, the proportion of urban population will have increased even more, to almost 40 per cent, or about 155 million people (Table 1.1). Clearly, the future of ASEAN is related more and more to the growth of its urban centres.