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Planning Asian cities : Risks and resilience

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Planning Asian cities : Risks and resilience


Asia, Asie, développement urbain, histoire de l'urbanisme, mondialisation, développement durable, aménagement urbain, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Manille, Séoul, Singapour, Hamnett Stephen, Forbes Dean


Abstract from the publisher :
In Asian Cities: Risks and Resilience, Stephen Hamnett and Dean Forbes have brought together some of the region’s most distinguished urbanists to explore the planning history and recent development of Pacific Asia’s major cities.

They show how globalization, and the competition to achieve global city status, has had a profound effect on all these cities. Tokyo is an archetypal world city. Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul have acquired world city characteristics. Taipei and Kuala Lumpur have been at the centre of expanding economies in which nationalism and global aspirations have been intertwined and expressed in the built environment. Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai have played key, sometimes competing, roles in China’s rapid economic growth. Bangkok’s amenity economy is currently threatened by political instability, while Jakarta and Manila are the core city-regions of less developed countries with sluggish economies and significant unrealized potential.

But how resilient are these cities to the risks that they face? How can they manage continuing pressures for development and growth while reducing their vulnerability to a range of potential crises? How well prepared are they for climate change? How can they build social capital, so important to a city’s recovery from shocks and disasters? What forms of governance and planning are appropriate for the vast mega-regions that are emerging? And, given the tradition of top-down, centralized, state-directed planning which drove the economic growth of many of these cities in the last century, what prospects are there of them becoming more inclusive and sensitive to the diverse needs of their populations and to the importance of culture, heritage and local places in creating liveable cities?
Contents :
Stephen Hamnett and Dean Forbes - Risks, resilience and planning in Asian cities
André Sorensen - Uneven geographies of vulnerability : Tokyo in the twenty-first century Susan Walcott - The dragon's head : Spatial development of Shanghai Gu Chaolin and Ian G. Cook - Beijing : Socialist Chinese capital and new world city Liling Huang and Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok - Taipei's metropolitan development : Dynamics of cross-strait political economy, globalization and national identity Seong-Kyu Ha - Seoul as a world city : The challenge of balanced development Anthony Yeh - Hong Kong : The turning of the dragon head Belinda Yuen - Singapore : Planning for more with less Sirat Morshidi and Asyirah Abdul Rahim - Going global : Development, risks and responses in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Wilmar Salim and Tommy Firman - Governing the Jakarta City-Region : History, challenges, risks and strategies Douglas Webster and Chuthatip Maneepong - Bangkok : New risks, old resilience Brian Roberts - Manila : Metropolitan vulnerability, local resilience   Stephen Hamnett is Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of South Australia. Dean Forbes is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Communities) and Vice-President at Flinders University and has published widely on Asian cities.  






May 2011