Megacity Regions and Sustainable Development in Asia

Authors: Debnath Mookherjee*, Western Washington University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science
Keywords: megacity regions, sustainable development, Asia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor
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The rapid growth of megacities in Asia in the recent years have drawn attention to its unintended consequences in the surrounding regions and the urgency to take concerted steps towards sustainable regional development. This raises the need for an empirical research base with common conceptual and definitional parameters for the different spatial configurations (e.g., megacity regions, megaregions), that is lagging in Asia, especially outside of the East Asian context. In view of the mixed rural-urban landscape of the Asian megacity regions, empirical research should take account of both these elements at the maximum disaggregated level in order to ascertain intra-regional spatial commonalities and differences that I consider essential for sustainable planning, but for which the data-base is seriously deficient. The purpose of this presentation is three-fold. It is to urge the researchers to come up with a consensus based approach on a scalar and conceptual framework, and to focus at the intra-regional level to include both the urban and the rural elements of city-regionality. And, as a prerequisite for such an approach, this is also a call for the Asian nations to focus on collecting a collaboration/consensus based set of multi-dimensional data at an optimally disaggregated level that would meet the research purpose(s) and also be suitable for comparative spatial and temporal analyses.

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