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Handbook of Megacities and Megacity-regions

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Handbook of Megacities and Megacity-regions

9781788972697 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Danielle Labbé, School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, Université de Montréal and André Sorensen, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Publication Date: September 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 269 7 Extent: c 496 pp
Exploring the importance of megacities and megacity-regions as one of the defining features of the 21st Century, this Handbook provides a clear and comprehensive overview of current thinking and debates from leading scholars in the field. Highlighting major current challenges and dimensions of megaurbanization, chapters form a thematic focus on governance, planning, history, and environmental and social issues, supported by case studies from every continent.

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Exploring the importance of megacities and megacity-regions as one of the defining features of the 21st Century, this Handbook provides a clear and comprehensive overview of current thinking and debates from leading scholars in the field. Highlighting major current challenges and dimensions of megaurbanization, chapters form a thematic focus on governance, planning, history, and environmental and social issues, supported by case studies from every continent.

Analysing vital questions for contemporary urban research, this Handbook looks at: what place megacities and megacity-regions occupy in a world of cities; how they interrogate current thinking about urban society, theory and policy; and what role these largest of urban areas will play in shaping humanity’s future. Key contributions reveal that research needs to further focus a critical and analytical lens on the particularities and distinctive issues associated with megaurbanization.

A timely and essential read for urban studies, urban geography and public policy students, the interdisciplinary nature of this Handbook provides a thorough view into the features and importance of megacities and megacity-regions. Public policy-makers and planners will also benefit from the wide-ranging case studies included.
Critical Acclaim
‘The book fulfills a very timely mission: to reveal just how complex, varied, and multi-scaled the global urban reality has become–and is still becoming. The authors provide an antidote to simplifying notions about cities and mega-cities, updating our understanding of urban forces and dynamics, that we might act upon them more effectively.’
– Jeb Brugmann, Founder, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Germany and author, Welcome to the Urban Revolution

‘What remains to be said about cities when the planet is completely urbanized? This astonishing new Handbook seeks answers in the megacity regions of the world, especially in the burgeoning urban constellations of eastern Asia. The book’s diverse and topical chapters help planners and decision-makers, and ultimately inhabitants, to “find their bearings” in the unmoored vastness of a planet of megacities.’
– Roger Keil, York University, Canada

‘The Handbook of Megacities and Megacity-Regions provides a much needed assessment of 21st century urbanization, especially with its attention to the scale and density that characterizes todays cities. Its nuanced discussion of how to define megacities and megaregions is an important contribution to our understanding of one of the most critical megatrends of our times.’
– Eugenie L. Birch FAICP, University of Pennsylvania, US
Contributors
Contributors include: M.I. Arribas, N. Aveline-Dubach, J.-A. Boudreau, R. Cardoso, A. Choplin, F. de Alba, A. Facchini, B.M. Fekete, J. Friedmann, H. Han, A. Hertzog, D. Hoornweg, H. Imai, C. Keßler, C. Kennedy, L. Kennedy, N. Kwak, D. Labbé, M. Leaf, C. Lefèvre, J. Li, X. Liu, P.J. Marcotullio, E. Meijers, J.C. Muñoz, G.D. Nelson, K. Pope, A. Rae, W.E. Rees, S. Reyes-Paecke, L. Sagaris, G. Shatkin, C. Silver, A. Simone, M.I. Solimano, A. Sorensen, I. Stewart, D. Webster, M. Wu, J. Xu, A.G.O. Yeh, M.-H. Zérah

Contents
Contents:

Introduction

1. Megacities, megacity-regions, and the endgame of urbanization
André Sorensen and Danielle Labbé

Part I - The Conceptual Challenges of Megacities
2. Thinking about Mega-conurbations and Planning
John Friedmann

3. City Limits: Bounding and Unbounding in Conceptualizing the Megacity
Michael Leaf

4. Urbanization and Developmental Pathways: Critical Junctures of Urban Transition
André Sorensen

5. El Monstruo: Reflections on Catastrophic Metaphors about Mexico City
Julie-Anne Boudreau and Felipe de Alba


Part II - Megaurban Governance
6. Urban Governance of Megacities: Searching for the Collective Actor
Christian Lefèvre

7. Powerful states, weak states: understanding coercion and neglect in the governance of 1970s Manila
Nancy Kwak

8. Actors and shifting scales of urban governance in India
Loraine Kennedy

9. The incomplete and paradoxical “neoliberal turn” in Mumbai
Marie-Hélène Zérah

10. Nurturing neighbourhoods to sustain quality of life in megacities and large city regions: An interdisciplinary reflection on planning for sustainable and socially just cities from Chile
Lake Sagaris, María Inés Arribas, María Inés Solimano, Sonia Reyes-Paecke and Juan Carlos Muñoz

Part III - Megaurban Patterns, Forms and Planning Approaches
11. Urban Containment Policies for Megacities: The Case of Beijing
Haoying Han

12. East Asian megacities: The view from the periphery
Douglas Webster and Jianyi Li

13. On the road again: the geography and characteristics of American commuter megaregions
Alasdair Rae and Garrett Dash Nelson

14. The West African corridor from Accra to Lagos: A megacity region under construction
Armelle Choplin and Alice Hertzog

15. Cities – Growing Threats, Growing Opportunities
Daniel Hoornweg and Kevin Pope

Part IV - Megaurban Life Spaces and Liveability
16. Navigating the Extensiveness of Jakarta
AbdouMaliq Simone

17. Poverty in a wealthy megacity: Stories from Tokyo’s alleys after the Bubble Burst
Heide Imai

18. Flooding as emotional politics in the Mexican megacity region
Felipe de Alba

Part V – Megaurban Environmental Challenges
19. Measuring progress toward sustainable megacities
Iain D. Stewart, Chris A. Kennedy and Angelo Facchini

20. The Climate-Energy Conundrum: Megacities at Risk
William E Rees

21. Future megacity-regions and heat wave exposure
Peter J. Marcotullio, Carsten Keßler and Balázs M. Feteke

22. Megacity in the Delta: Managing Water in Jakarta
Christopher Silver

Part VI - Megaurban Economics, Real-estate and Property
23. Rethinking Megacity-Region Development: The Land-Infrastructure-Finance Nexus as Political Project
Gavin Shatkin

24. The process of metropolisation in megacity-regions
Rodrigo Cardoso and Evert Meijers

25. The emergence and economic restructuring of two global super megacity regions in China: Comparing the Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas
Anthony G. O. Yeh, Xingjian Liu, Jili Xu, Mengdi Wu

26. The financialization of real estate in megacities and its variegated trajectories in East Asia
Natacha Aveline-Dubach

Index


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