Managing Urban Futures: Sustainability and Urban Growth in Developing Countries

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Urbanization is a critical fact of the globalised 21st century. It represents one of the greatest challenges to the future and is one of the most powerful forces influencing global sustainability. Urbanization is dominated by three factors: population growth, rural-urban migration and subsequent urban expansion. Perhaps nowhere are these factors more dominant than in developing countries.

This volume brings together leading experts including Alan Gilbert, John Friedmann, Saskia Sassen and Janice Perlman to explore the conflicting challenges of the rapid urbanzaition in developing countries. While all have to contend with key issues - social segregation, poverty, ecological deterioration, loss of governability and violence - the ongoing forces of urban growth vary from country to country. Whereas Asian cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai have been playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, Latin American cities' growth has been accompanied by debt crisis, economic recession and rapid inflation. And, although Africa is still less urbanized than other developing regions, its rate of urban growth is the steepest anywhere and this speed or urbanization risks disabling national and local governments. By comparing the challenges of urbanization in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, this book puts forward a new way of thinking about mega- and million-cities in developing countries - one that promotes their vital function in society as engines of ideas, technologies, societal change, democratic transformation and loci of political will to build a new regime of global sustainability.

Contents: Foreword: Managing the future city, Gordon McGranahan
Acknowledgements
Introduction, Marco Keiner, Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr and Willy A. Schmid. The Challenges Of Urban Development Processes: Asian urbanization and local and global environmental challenges, Hans J.A. van Ginkel and Peter J. Marcotullio
Sustaining urban development in Latin America in an unpredictable world, Alan Gilbert
The urban challenge in Africa, Carole Rakodi. New Scales In Space And Time: The global city: strategic site, new frontier, Saskia Sassen
A question of boundaries: planning and Asian urban transitions, Michael Leaf
Shifting drivers of change, time-space telescoping and urban environmental transitions in Asia Pacific cities, Peter J. Marcotullio. Transforming State, Space And Society: Political Reform, Promoting Citizens Rights And Poverty Alleviation: Civil society revisited: travels in Latin America and China, John Friedmann
State and space in Brazil: from modernist planning to democratic intervention, Teresa Caldeira and James Holston
The chronic poor in Rio de Janeiro: what has changed in 30 years?, Janice E. Perlman
Unsustainable trends in spatial development in China - situation analysis and exploration of alternative development paths demonstrated by case studies of Kunming (urban) and Shaxi Valley (rural), Jacques P. Feiner and Diego Salmerón. Coming Together: Sustaining cosmopolis: managing multicultural cities, Leonie Sandercock. Towards gigapolis? - from urban growth to evolutionable medium-sized cities, Marco Keiner
Urban planning in the North - blueprint for the South?, Klaus R. Kunzmann

Author Biography: Marco Keiner is head of the Sustainability Research Group of the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Martina Kol-Schretzenmayr is senior researcher in the Network City and Landscape (NSL) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Willy A. Schmid is Professor for Landscape and Environmental Planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754644170
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/8/2005
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - managing the future city
Introduction
1 Asian urbanization and local and global environmental challenges
2 Sustaining urban development in Latin America in an unpredictable world
3 The urban challenge in Africa
4 The global city : strategic site, new frontier
5 A question of boundaries : planning and Asian urban transitions
6 Shifting drivers of change, time-space telescoping and urban environmental transitions in the Asia-Pacific region
7 Civil society revisited : travels in Latin America and China
8 State and urban space in Brazil : from modernist planning to democratic interventions
9 The chronic poor in Rio de Janeiro : what has changed in 30 years?
10 Unsustainable trends in spatial development in China : situation analysis and exploration of alternative development paths demonstrated by case studies of Kunming (urban) and Shaxi Valley (rural)
11 Sustaining cosmopolis : managing multicultural cities
12 Towards gigapolis? : from urban growth to evolutionable medium-sized cities
13 Urban planning in the north : blueprint for the south?
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