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 economic patterns vary from country to country. Singapore is the most advanced, ... Initially, of course, this pattern typified the so-called Asian NICs, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Taiwan. Now it is moving to ASEAN.
Douglass (1984) has shown, for example, how the pattern of transactions has emphasized the emergence of an urban crescent stretching from Medan through Palembang to Jakarta and the north coast urban centres of Java, and on to Ujung ...
Singapore will be the exception to this pattern, as it is today. As part of the Singapore Growth Triangle, however, Singapore would benefit from the growth of population and economic activity in its hinterland.
Associated with this pattern will be a continued mixing of urban and rural activities and land uses in a large percentage of the land area of ASEAN mega-urban regions. (5) Some believe that current high rates of economic growth in ASEAN ...
The developing flow patterns are not downtown oriented, as in older North American and European cities, but are based on cross-commuting among a multitude of nodes, as is the case in Los Angeles. (Where, for example, is Bangkok's ...