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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.

400 pages

Table of Contents

Maps and Figures



Part 1: Overview and Issues

1. Metrofitting the Emerging Mega-Urban Regions of ASEAN: An Overview

2. Mega-Urbanization in ASEAN: New Phenomenon or Transitional Phase to the 'Los Angeles World City'?

Part 2: Processes Creating Mega-Urban Regions in ASEAN

3. Global Interdependence and Urbanization: Planning for the Bangkok Mega-Urban Region

4. Emerging Spatial Patterns in ASEAN Mega-Urban Regions: Alternative Strategies

5. ASEAN Urban Housing Sector Performance: A Comparative Perspective

6. Housing Women Factory Workers in the Northern Corridor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Region

7. Moving Goods, People, and Information: Putting the ASEAN Mega-Urban Regions in Context

8. Gridlock in the Slopopolis: Congestion Management and Sustainable Development

9. The Roles and Contributions of the Private Sector in Environmental Management in ASEAN Mega-Urban Regions

10. The Governance of Mega-Urban Regions

11. Developing Management Responses for Mega-Urban Regions

Part 3: Case Studies of ASEAN Mega-Urban Regions

12. The Johor-Singapore-Riau Growth Triangle: The Effect of Economic Integration

13. The Metro Manila Mega-Region

14. Problems and Challenges of Mega-Urban Regions in Indonesia: The Case of Jabotabek and the Bandung Metropolitan Area

15. Challenges of Superinduced Development: The Mega-Urban Region of Kuala Lumpur-Klang Valley

16. The Bangkok Metropolitan Region: Policies and Issues in the Seventh Plan


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