Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia
400 pages, 6 x 9
11 b&w photos, 23 maps
Release Date:01 Jan 1995
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia

Edited by Ira M. Robinson
UBC Press

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.

An important and timely book on a subject eliciting growing attention and development implication worldwide. Every student of urbanization in Asia should read this well-balanced work. Yue-Man Yeung, Pacific Affairs
Overall, Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia makes an important contribution to the literature.... the editors have done a very good job of linking the papers and providing useful overview and synthesis chapters. David E. Dowall, Urban Studies, vol. 35, No. 4, 779-793, 1998
My overall assessment of the book is very positive. Its various sections come together very well and it contains a great deal of useful information about an internationally significant regional development form. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in regional and national development, urban geography, and political as well as sociocultural change in Southeast Asia. Frank J. Costa, Dept of Geography and Planning, The University of Akron, Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 37, No. 3, 1997
T.G. McGee is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and Director of its Institute of Asian Research. Ira M. Robinson is professor emeritus of urban planning at the University of Calgary.

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


Part 4: Conclusions and Policy Implications

17. ASEAN Mega-Urbanization: A Synthesis





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