1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South

Edited By Deden Rukmana Copyright 2020
    450 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    450 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cities are now home to 55% of the world’s population, and that number is rising. Urban populations across the world will continue to grow, including in megacities with populations over ten million. In 2016 there were 31 megacities globally, according to the United Nations’ World Cities Report, with 24 of those cities located in the Global South. That number is expected to rise to 41 by 2030, with all ten new megacities in the Global South where the processes of urbanization are intrinsically distinct from those in the Global North.

    The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South provides rigorous comparative analyses, discussing the challenges, processes, best practices, and initiatives of urbanization in Middle America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. This book is indispensable reading for students and scholars of urban planning, and its significance as a resource will only continue to grow as urbanization reshapes the global population.


    Deden Rukmana

    Part I – Managing the urban growth

    1. The third wave of sprawl: the dynamics of peripheral growth in Buenos Aires
    2. Nora Libertun de Duren

    3. Development of the Ho Chi Minh City megaregion in historical context: Doi Moi, planning and real estate
    4. Thanh B. Nguyen, James H. Spencer and Tuan N. Pham

    5. Planning Chongqing: between rural and urban
    6. Asa Roast

    7. A political-economic analysis of urban growth in Lahore
    8. Nasir Javed

    9. Simulation and modelling the urban dynamics in Bangalore
    10. T.V. Ramachandra, H.A. Bharath, S. Vinay, and M.C. Chandan

      Part II – Shaping the future: the legacy of spatial planning and master plans

    11. Strategic planning and the challenges of spatial transformation in Johannesburg
    12. Philip Harrison and Alison Todes

    13. Spatial planning and development strategies in Dar es Salaam
    14. Philip Omunga

    15. Visioning urban growth in Chengdu: negotiation between local and central government
    16. Yiping Fang and Zhenming Wu

    17. Revisioning the sustainable megacity: the case of Wuhan
    18. Dan Zhu and Michael Kung

      Part III – Connecting the places: transportation and infrastructure challenges and strategies

    19. Transportion planning and development in Bogotá: balancing the urgent and the strategic
    20. Daniel Oviedo and Luis Guzman

    21. Dynamics of commuting patterns during the period of rapid social transition in Beijing
    22. Yunlei Qi and Tieshan Sun

    23. Spatial transformation and debates on urban democracy: the case of Minhocão elevated highway, São Paulo
    24. Laura Belik

      Part IV – Confronting urban dualism in housing provision

    25. Contradictions between global spaces and informal marginal settlements: the case of Kolkata
    26. Siddhartha Sen and Sudeshna Ghosh

    27. Megacities and slums: learning from Delhi’s experience
    28. Susmita Rishi and Shruti Syal

    29. Political and administrative constraints to housing provision in Karachi
    30. Faisal Shaheen

      Part V – Planning for resilience

    31. Two decades of planning for earthquake resilience in Istanbul
    32. Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes, Deniz Ay, Basak Demires-Özkul

    33. Urban resilience and sustainable development trajectories: Insights from Dhaka
    34. Saleh Ahmed

    35. Climate adaptation policy development in the context of climate change and urbanization in Bangkok
    36. Nurrohman Wijaya

    37. Master plan of the sponge city construction in Shenzhen
    38. Jian Liu, Na Li, and Lu Yu

      Part VI – Democratizing planning processes

    39. Dreaming the rational planning: participatory planning practices in São Paulo
    40. Nilton Ricoy Torres

    41. The emergence of participatory budgeting in Mexico City
    42. Steven Schmidt and Jason C. Mueller

    43. Institutional continuity and change: development control and regulatory detailed plan amendments in Beijing
    44. Lei Zhang

    45. Participatory governance in mitigating annual floods in Jakarta
    46. Deden Rukmana and Galuh Syahbana Indraprahasta

      Part VII – Planning megacities in the Global South: challenges, reconfigurations and initiatives

    47. Challenges in managing urban growth: the case of Cairo
    48. Amal K. Ali

    49. Planning reconfigurations in a mega-event context: the case of Rio de Janeiro
    50. Abigail Friendly

    51. Planning initiatives and best practices in Ahmedabad
    52. Jay Mittal and Sweta Byahut

    53. Community governance in China’s land expropriation-induced resettlement neighborhoods: the case of Shanghai
    54. Shuping Zhang and Zhu Qian

    55. Urban Planning Practices in Lagos
    56. Ismaila Rimi Abubakar, Taibat O. Lawanson and Abubakar S. Usman

    57. Modernity and colonization in an African megacity: the case of Luanda

    Ana Vaz Milheiro


    Deden Rukmana is Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Alabama A&M University. He received a PhD degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and completed Master’s degrees at the University of Southern California and Bandung Institute of Technology. His research centers on health disparities, homelessness, and poverty in the US, and spatial planning, housing, and development challenges in Indonesia. His work appears in journals such as International Planning Studies and Planning, Practice & Research. He also served as Co-Chair of the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2015–2017).

    "This handbook is a timely and significant contribution to understanding the current global urban transition. The world now has almost 4 billion urban residents, and current projections suggest that over the next 30-50 years that will double to about 8 billion. Almost all urban growth for the rest of this century is expected to occur in the global south, where processes of urbanization are fundamentally different and much faster than those in the global north. Anyone who is interested in the current urbanization processes transforming the globe should read this book."

    —André Sorensen, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

    "Megacities have become the determining factor of life in development of the Global South. The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South provides the most comprehensive assessment available, planning drawing upon research by scholars working on 27 megacities. It is an essential resource for scholars and students."

    —Christopher Silver, FAICP, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida

    "This Routledge Handbook provides an impressively wide coverage of mega cities in the Global South. These 29 in-depth cases provide not only the grounded knowledge but also new insights on the challenges to growth management, housing provision, and resilience planning. This is a remarkable reference book for researchers in urban studies and planning."

    —Fulong Wu, Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London

    "Understanding the dynamics propelling megacity-region growth and change seems urgent in this era of uncertainty. Deden Rukmana has edited a timely and useful volume, which highlights planning’s varied roles in megacities and governance, drawing from a novel set of established and emerging scholars from Global North and South institutions."

    —Lois M. Takahashi, Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government, University of Southern California

    "The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South is an excellent collection of case studies by established and emerging scholars of urban studies, planning, and development from around the world. In the context of the upcoming urban transition in the Global South, it addresses a major gap by making scholarship on less researched megacities accessible in one volume."

    —Vinit Mukhija, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

    "The book fills a gap in the literature by exploring planning challenges and responses in a range of mega-cities (twenty-seven) across three southern continents, authored primarily by scholars from these regions. It contributes to a growing scholarship from a southern perspective and will be a hugely valuable resource for planners and urbanists."

    —Vanessa Watson, Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town