The Mega-urban Regions of Southeast Asia

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T. G. McGee, Ira M. Robinson
UBC Press, 1995 - History - 384 pages
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A distinguishing feature of recent urbanization in the ASEANcountries of Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, andIndonesia is the outward extension of their mega-cities (Bangkok,Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur) beyond the metropolitanborders, resulting in the establishment of new towns, industrialestates, and housing projects in previously rural areas. This processhas both positive and negative effects. On one side, household incomesand employment opportunities are increasing, but on the other, thegrowth often causes serious problems in terms of environmentaldeterioration, conflicting land uses, and inadequate housing andservice provisions.

Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia is the firstcomprehensive work on the subject of ASEAN mega-urban regions. Thecontributors review T.G. McGee's original idea of desakota zones,and offer arguments both for and against this concept, making asignificant contribution to our understanding of the true face of ASEANcities. The book brings together authors from around the world and willbe of interest to a wide audience, including demographers, urbanplanners, geographers, sociologists, economists, civil servants anddevelopment consultants.

 

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Contents

New Phenomenon or Transitional Phase
27
Planning for the Bangkok
45
National Economic and Social Development Plan 198791
70
Alternative
78
A Comparative
109
Housing Women Factory Workers in the Northern Corridor of
133
Putting the ASEAN MegaUrban
150
Congestion Management and Sustainable
176
The Effect of Economic
269
The Metro Manila MegaRegion
282
Manila Metropolitan Authority 199225 I
283
The Case
296
The MegaUrban Region
315
Policies and Issues in the Seventh
328
A Synthesis
343
References
356

The Roles and Contributions of the Private Sector in Environmental
194
The Governance of MegaUrban Regions
215
Developing Management Responses for MegaUrban Regions
242
Contributors
374
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About the author (1995)

T.G. McGee is a professor in the Department ofGeography at the University of British Columbia and Director of itsInstitute of Asian Research. Ira M. Robinson isprofessor emeritus of urban planning at the University of Calgary.

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