The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Beyond Metropolis: The Planning and Governance of Asia's Mega-Urban Regions
Beyond Metropolis studies planning and governance in the regions surrounding the twelve cities in Asia with populations over ten million: Tokyo, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dhaka, Delhi, Shanghai, Jakarta, Osaka, Beijing, Karachi, Metro Manila, and Seoul. These regions are greater than cities plus suburbs: for almost all, development has sprawled into the surrounding countryside, enveloping villages, towns, and small and medium-sized cities, creating "extended metropolitan regions."
These areas, argues Aprodicio A. Laquian, are the centers of development for their countries: they represent huge markets; large and varied labor pools; and centers of politics, education, and culture. Beyond Metropolis examines these mega-urban regions in terms of governance and sustainability; water, transportation, and housing; and the twin questions of inner-city redevelopment and satellite area development. The author embraces, on the one hand, unified regional planning and, on the other, cooperative efforts by urban residents for addressing their own problems. Beyond Metropolis builds on studies conducted during the 1990s at the Centre for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia.
Author Aprodicio Laquian will be discussing the book on May 31, 3:30-5:00 pm at the Wilson Center. RSVP for this event.
What People are Saying
"This is a very important book and it is very much needed. The best features are its examples drawn from extensive and in-depth knowledge of many mega-urban regions in Asia, and its broad coverage in terms of topics. "—David Mammen, President , The Center for Good Governance
"This is an outstanding work of research and synthesis."—Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Tables and Figures
Foreword by Joseph S. Tulchin
1 From Mega-Cities to Mega-Urban Regions
2. Planning Asia's Mega-Urban Regions
3. The Governance of Mega-Urban Regions
4. Are Mega-Urban Regions Sustainable?
5. Planning and the Management of Water Resources
6. Managing Mobility in Mega-Urban Regions
7. Inner-City Redevelopment
8. Developing the Urban Periphery
9. Housing and Basic Urban Services
10. Toward Viable Mega-Urban Regions in Asia