Future Challenges of Cities in Asia
Future Challenges of Cities in Asia
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About the Three UKNA Volumes Future Challenges of Cities in Asia: An Introduction Gregory Bracken, Paul Rabé, R. Parthasarathy, Neha Sami, and Bing Zhang Human Agency in the Asian City Shiqiao Li Towards Inclusive, Vital and Livable City Scenarios: Transformation of Urban Villages in Shenzhen Lei Qu Cultural Dilemma in Beijing's Urban Regeneration: From Liulichang Antique Street to Qianmen Street and Yangmeizhu Oblique Street Wan Liu Housing as Heritage: The Great Urban Dilemma of the Global City of Shanghai Non Arkaraprasertkul Not an Act of God: Lessons from a Disaster in the Settlements Planning of a River City Carmeli Marie C. Chaves The Political Ecology of Climate Injustice in Bangkok Danny Marks Assessing Flood-related Vulnerability of the Urban Poor Hendricus Andy Simarmata, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, and Christoph Antweiler The Ecological Future of Cities: Evaluating the Role of Green Infrastructure in Promoting Sustainability/Resilience in India Ian Mell Hong Kong's "Rail-Plus-Property" Development, a Model for Financing Public Transport in Southeast Asian Developing Cities? Clément Musil Large Infrastructure Projects - The Emergence of Corridors in Asia Amogh Arakali and Jyothi Koduganti

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"These essays open many more avenues for further research into urban planning, heritage management, disaster risk mitigation, and infrastructure in a manner which is not only interdisciplinary but also in constant conversation with multiple levels and kinds of the urban – inter-referencing and modelling may not, after all, be fully undesirable in academics. One can only hope that such a rooted body of scholarship goes on to have a life beyond bookshelves and influences urban policy in the near future."
- Anubhav Pradhan, newbooks.asia, (2021)

Future Challenges of Cities in Asia

The ten essays in Future Challenges of Cities in Asia engage with some of the most critical urban questions of the near future across Asia. These comprise socio-economic and cultural transitions as a result of urbanization; environmental challenges, especially questions of climate change, natural disasters, and environmental justice; and the challenges of urban infrastructure, built form, and new emerging types of urban settlements. The essays demonstrate that it is increasingly difficult to conceptualize the ‘urban’ as one particular type of settlement. Rather, it would be more accurate to say that the ‘urban’ characterizes a global transition in the way we are beginning to think about settlements. This book is of interest not only to researchers interested in comparative and inter-disciplinary research, but also to urban practitioners more broadly, illustrating through concrete cases the challenges that urban regions in Asia and beyond are facing, and the various opportunities that exist for dealing with these challenges.

Gregory Bracken

Gregory Bracken is Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy at TU Delft. His publications include ‘Contemporary Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West’, ‘Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West’, ‘Asian Cities: Colonial to Global’ and ‘The Shanghai Alleyway House: A Vanishing Urban Vernacular’.

Paul Rabé

Paul Rabé is Head of Cities Programs and Coordinator of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), based at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, and Editor of the Asian Cities Book Series. He is also Lead Expert in Urban Land Governance at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

R. Parthasarathy

Dr. R. Parthasarathy is a MEGA Chair Professor and Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research.

Neha Sami

Dr. Neha Sami is Senior Academic and Research Consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

Bing Zhang

Dr. Bing Zhang is the Chief Planner of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design and Adjunct Professor at Tongji and Tianjin Universities.