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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Not surprisingly, forms of governance have also been heavily influenced by specific customs, historical circumstances, and other aspects of each country's political culture. Laquian concludes that new models of urban governance must be ...
Specific financial contributions to aid publication were made by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, the UBC Institute of Asian Research, and the Northwest Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies funded by the Ford Foundation and the ...
... as deliberate government policies designed to reduce the size of cities or restructure the urban network, and implicit processes, which occur because of sector investments that are not designed to achieve specific urban results.
People will increasingly associate with the mega-urban region rather than with specific neighbourhoods. (7) Squatter housing will diminish as a percentage of the total housing stock in ASEAN extended urban areas, again contributing to a ...
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