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 purpose of the conference was to identify the major problems, opportunities, and challenges facing the mega-urban regions in ASEAN and to make recommendations for appropriate future policy actions and research.
The result is unplanned and uncontrolled decentralization, which is causing more serious problems, especially environmental problems, than those that decentralization was trying to solve in the first place. In short, there has been lots ...
This analysis not only serves as an antidote to the excessive concentration of governments on the internal problems of mega-urban regions but also allows us to recognize the emergence of a Southeast Asian development corridor from ...
Each of the chapters discusses the forces involved in expansion of the designated mega-urban region, the problems and challenges facing the region, and the governmental responses to the challenges and opportunities.