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.
Maps and Figures
Part 1: Overview and Issues
1. Metrofitting the Emerging Mega-Urban Regions of ASEAN: AnOverview
2. Mega-Urbanization in ASEAN: New Phenomenon or Transitional Phaseto the 'Los Angeles World City'?
Part 2: Processes Creating Mega-Urban Regions inASEAN
3. Global Interdependence and Urbanization: Planning for the BangkokMega-Urban Region
4. Emerging Spatial Patterns in ASEAN Mega-Urban Regions:Alternative Strategies
5. ASEAN Urban Housing Sector Performance: A ComparativePerspective
6. Housing Women Factory Workers in the Northern Corridor of theBangkok Metropolitan Region
7. Moving Goods, People, and Information: Putting the ASEANMega-Urban Regions in Context
8. Gridlock in the Slopopolis: Congestion Management and SustainableDevelopment
9. The Roles and Contributions of the Private Sector inEnvironmental 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-UrbanRegions
12. The Johor-Singapore-Riau Growth Triangle: The Effect of EconomicIntegration
13. The Metro Manila Mega-Region
14. Problems and Challenges of Mega-Urban Regions in Indonesia: TheCase of Jabotabek and the Bandung Metropolitan Area
15. Challenges of Superinduced Development: The Mega-Urban Region ofKuala Lumpur-Klang Valley
16. The Bangkok Metropolitan Region: Policies and Issues in theSeventh Plan
Part 4: Conclusions and Policy Implications
17. ASEAN Mega-Urbanization: A Synthesis
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.
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