First published in 1999, this volume begins with a panoramic survey by Nigel Harris of the drama of Asian Urbanization, based on the inaugural plenary lecture he gave to the 5th Asian Urbanization Conference held in London. In the following chapters many experts and practitioners from different countries and cities provide a stimulating portrayal of the processes and outcomes of one of the greatest shifts of population (not just absolutely but proportionately as well) ever to have occurred in human history.
Asia includes more than half the world’s population, but, apart from the Tiger economies and Japan, it is still overwhelmingly rural. In the last decade or so urbanization has really begun to take off and the shift of population to the cities represents one of the greatest population movements the planet has ever seen. By 2030 more than 50% of Asia’s population will be urban and between now and then more than 500 million people in Asia will have moved - looking for jobs, housing, food and water. They will be both part of a problem and most of the solution - building around them the cities they will live in.
’…excellent up to date information, fascinating individual insights, multitudes of detailed case studies, leading edge theorising…fascinating and complex contribution to understanding a large complex phenomenon…provides a very wide range of current data and case study material in accessible form, ideal for A-level or undergraduate urban or development studies course leaders…’ Geography [Joint review of volumes 1 and 2] ’…a wide and rich range of up-to-date case study materials, these two volumes are a welcome new source to students who are looking for precisely such materials…these volumes should be on the shelves of the library of any university with courses in urban development in developing areas and/or development studies.’ Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie ’If there’s a medal for editorship, then maybe Graham Chapman, Ashok Dutt and Bob Bradnock should be on the shortlist…These two books are important because they represent such a diversity of research from such a range of scholars…the books do provide an insight into the issues that are concentrating minds of urban scholars from Tehran to Tokuyama and from Cambridge to Connecticut.’ The Geographical Journal ’…in the next thirty years more than 500 million people will move from the countryside to the cities of this vast region…The sweep of challenges such a movement portends is well covered in these two volumes…’ Urban Geography
Part I. 1. Over-view: The Future of Urbanisation in Asia. Nigel Harris. Part II. 2. Reconsidering the Current Interpretation on China’s Urbanisation under Mao’s Period: A Review on Western Literature. L. Zhang and Simon X.B. Zhao. 3. Chinese Urbanisation Policies, 1949-1989. Shue Tuck Wong and Sun Sheng Han. 4. Regional Development in the Yangtze and the Pearl River Delta Regions. Roger C.K. Chan. 5. Consideration of Urban Development Paths and Processes in China since 1978, with Special Reference to Shanghai. Felicity C. Rose. 6. Economic Development, Tourism, Urbanisation in the Emerging Markets of Northeast Asia. Brian J. Sommers and Dallen J. Timothy. 7. Indian Urbanisation and the Characteristics of Large Indian Cities Revealed in the 1991 Census. Graham P. Chapman and Pushpa Pathak. 8. Patterns of Urbanisation and Development in India in the 1990’s. Swapna Banerjee-Guha. 9. The Information Technology (IT) Industry in Bangalore: A Case of Urban Competitiveness in India? Sampath Srinivas. 10. Sustainable Tourism: Resources and Strategies for Western India and the Case of the Shekhawati Painted Walls. Allen G. Noble and Frank J. Costa. 11. Nomad Settlements in Saudi Arabia: A Cultural Approach to Urbanisation in Developing Countries. Faisal A. Mubarak. Part III. 12. Urban Renewal in Shanghai’s Context. Cheng Yun. 13. The Politics of Urban Development in New Bombay. Alain Jacquemin. 14. Changing Dynamics of the Urban Land Market in Lucknow City.Amitabh. 15. Private Residential Developers and the Spatial Structure of Jabotabek. Haryo Winarso. Part IV. 16. East meets West in Bangalore: The Impact of Economic Change on the Built Environment. Kalpana Kuttaiah and Gail Gordon Sommers. 17. Shanghai’s Land Development: A View of the Transformation of Mainland China’s Administrative Systems since 1978. Hung-Kai Wang and Chun-ju Li. 18. Characteristics and Problems of Asian Urbanisation from the Viewpoint of City Planning. Tomoyoshi Hori, Keiichiro Hitaka, Satoshi Hagishima and Shinji Ikaruga. 19. Aspiration and Reality in Tehran: Land Use Plans and their Implementation. Vincent F. Costello. 20. The Historical Development of Riyadh and its Low-Rise Housing. Ali Bahammam. 21. Urbanisation and Housing Problems in the Seoul Metropolitan Region. Seong-Kyu Ha. 22. Urban Landscapes of Japan. Cotton Mather and P.P. Karan. Part V. 23. Accelerating Integration between Hong Kong and Southern China. David K.Y. Chu. 24. Challenges to Sustainable Transport in China’s Cities. Andrew H. Spencer. 25. Water and the Urban Future of the Ganga Plains. Graham P. Chapman. 26. Organisations and Approaches for the Development and Provision of Infrastructure in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Ashok Kumar.
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