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Beyond Metropolis should be read by planners and scholars beyond Asia.”—Tim Brunnel, Pacific Affairs

“Highly readable…. A book likely to leave the reader wanting to learn more of what lies beneath the dynamism.”—Giok-Ling Ooi, ASEAN Economic Bulletin

“A useful synthesis, bringing together information and analysis over a wide range of topics and providing a reasonable introduction to planning and governance in giant Asian cities.”—Douglas McCallum, Urban Studies

“This is an outstanding work of research and synthesis.”—Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

“A useful and instructive introduction for undergraduate and graduate students. Researchers and practitioners…will also benefit from reading it carefully.”—Peter J. Marcotullio, International Development Planning Review

Beyond Metropolis is a book of great value.… The way he conceptualizes urban problems and contextualizes planning suggestions could instigate new ways to think about the Asian city.”—Nihal Perera, Canadian Journal of Urban Research

“Laquian’s Beyond Metropolis not only provides a detailed analysis, but also serves as a handbook for good urban management. It shows the complexity of issues that should be taken into consideration before preparing a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development of modern cities.”—Maciej Chowaniok, Regional Studies

“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

Chapter List

Tables and Figures

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

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