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.
These include the following: - integrated national, regional, and local strategies for national development ~ institutional changes including a shift from sectoral management to metropolitan management, involving decentralization of ...
This is necessary because policies and associated strategic initiatives should vary considerably depending on whether one assumes that future ASEAN mega-urban regions will more or less resemble present systems or not.
Action Priorities Because ASEAN mega-urban regions are so complex and changing so fast, any attempts to improve conditions and/or mould their future form should be based on strategic planning and management.
Strategic planning and management are needed to address the challenges of extended urbanization in ASEAN, with a heavy emphasis on management. Strategic planning must be based on monitoring of key indicators in the mega-urban regions.
Future strategic urban planning in ASEAN cities is likely to borrow increasingly from Japanese practice. The Japanese stress practice over theory, ... priorities should be set and appropriate matching strategies effectively delivered.