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Megacities: Towards Sustainable Urban Form

Series: cSUR-UT Series: Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration Volume: 10

By: André Sorensen(Editor), Junichiro Okata(Editor)

432 pages, 8 colour & 192 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Sep 2009 | #201855 | ISBN-13: 9784431992660
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For the first time in human history, more than half the world's population is urban. A fundamental aspect of this transformation has been the emergence of giant cities, or megacities, that present major new challenges. Megacities: Towards Sustainable Urban Form examines how issues of megacity development, urban form, sustainability, and unsustainability are conceived, how governance processes are influenced by these ideas, and how these processes have in turn influenced outcomes on the ground, in some cases in transformative ways. Through 15 in-depth case studies by prominent researchers from around the world, Megacities: Towards Sustainable Urban Form examines the major challenges facing megacities today.

The studies are organized around a shared set of concerns and questions about issues of sustainability, land development, urban governance, and urban form. Some of the main questions addressed are: What are the most pressing issues of sustainability and urban form in each megacity? How are major issues of sustainability understood and framed by policymakers? Is urban form considered a significant component of sustainability issues in public debates and public policy? Who are the key actors framing urban sustainability challenges and shaping urban change? How is unsustainability, risk, or disaster imagined, and how are those concerns reflected in policy approaches? What has been achieved so far, and what challenges remain? The publication of Megacities: Towards Sustainable Urban Form is a step toward answering these and other crucial questions.


1. Introduction: Megacities, Urban Form, and Sustainability
2. Tokyo's Urban Growth, Urban Form and Sustainability
3. In Search of Sustainable Urban Form for Seoul
4. Sustainable Development, Urban Form, and Megacity Governance and Planning in Tehran
5. Re-Forming the Megacity: Calcutta and the Rural-Urban Interface
6. Landscapes of Water in Delhi: Negotiating Global Norms and Local Cultures
7. Bangkok's Urban Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Sustainability
8. Urban Dualism in the Jakarta Metropolitan Area
9. Strategic Planning for London: Integrating City Design and Urban Transportation
10. Towards an Ecological Urbanism for Istanbul
11. Toronto Megacity: Growth, Planning Institutions, Sustainability
12. Los Angeles: Urban Development in the Postsuburban Megacity
13. Mexico City: Power, Equity, and Sustainable Development
14. Bogota's Recovery Process
15. Socially Sustainable Urban Development: The Case of Sao Paulo
16. Sustainability and Urban Form: The Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires
17. Megacity Sustainability: Urban Form, Development, and Governance

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