Regional Development and Planning for the 21st Century examines a number of related themes including: the traditional approach of local and regional planning initiatives developed within the context of national goals; the current decline of bi-polar political and ideological blocs; political decentralization and concurrent economic centralization including the growth of multi-national corporations; devolution of centralized planning powers to regions and localities, and the rise and acceptance of sustainable development concepts. The book is divided into five parts addressing: 1 - adjustments to political, economic and social change; 2 the problems of urban housing and housing and health; 3 - adjustments to environmental change, development policies and sustainability; 4 - the problem of rapid urban growth and mega cities; 5 - adjustments of changing urban networks. The contributors are from several countries worldwide and the chapters examine the issues at a global level.
’The chapters in this book cumulatively make an important and thought-provoking contribution to a very serious issue…The complexity and subtlety of the changing demands on and responses of planning are well-illustrated in this text.’ Graham Chapman, Lancaster University, UK ’…this book provides a lot of material with firsthand experiences…a welcome addition…highly recommended to readers who wish to discover how various regions of the world have changed in the trends of decentralization and globalization.’ Journal of Regional Science
Contents: Currents of change: urban planning and regional development; Finnish and American planning: a comparative analysis; Regional planning and development in Israel as affected by the peace process; Regional planning and development as affected by Tamil insurgency in Sri Lanka; Population dynamics and planning: China and India; Transportation, regional development and economic potential in Mexico; Shifts in slum upgrading policy in India with special reference to Calcutta; Health planning and the resurgence of malaria in urban India; Residential land development in highland Ecuador; Sustainable development in China: reconciling modernity with tradition; Tourist facility development and coastal zone management in Costa Rica; Reflections on Cuban socialism and planning in the special period; The promotion of neo-liberal industrialization in third world countries; Urban planning and development in Calcutta: local and global issues; Planning for the city efficient: the Hong Kong and Macau experience; Singapore, the planned city state: government intervention in nation building; Seven decades of new land planning: the Ijsselmeer Polder experience; Decentralization, popular participation and changing patterns of urban and regional development in Bolivia; Future trends: globalizm and regionalizm; Index.