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Mega-urbanization in the global South : fast cities and new urban utopias of the postcolonial state / edited by Ayona Datta and Abdul Shaban.

Contributor(s): Datta, Ayona [editor.] | Shaban, Abdul [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Routledge studies in urbanism and the city.Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2016Description: xii, 224 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780415745512 (hbk.).Subject(s): Urbanization -- Developing countries -- Case studies | City planning -- Developing countries -- Case studies | Urban policy -- Developing countries -- Case studiesDDC classification: 307.1216091724 MEG.A
Contents:
Fast cities in the urban age / Ayona Datta -- Frictionless utopias for the contemporary urban age : large-scale, master-planned redevelopment projects in urbanizing Africa / Martin Murray -- New African city plans : local urban form and the acceleration of urban inequalities / Vanessa Watson -- Speed kills : fast urbanism and endangered sustainability in the Masdar City project / Federico Cugurullo -- Envisioned by the state : entrepreneurial urbanism and the making of Songdo City, South Korea / Hyun Shin -- From petro-urbanism to knowledge megaprojects in the Persian Gulf : Qatar Foundation's Education City / Agatino Rizzo -- "Their houses on our land" : perforations and blockades in the planning of New Town Rajarhat, India / Ratoola Kundu -- Mega-suburbanization in Jakarta mega-urban region / Delik Hudalah and Tommy Firman -- Mega-scale sustainability : the relational production of a new Lusaka / Mathew Lane -- Planning new towns in the People's Republic : Political dimensions of eco-city images in China / Braulio Morera -- Slow : towards a decelerated urbanism / Abdul Shaban and Ayona Datta.
Summary: The global south is entering an 'Urban Age' where, for the first time in history, more people will be living in cities than in the countryside. The logics of this prediction have a dominant framing - rapid urbanization, uncontrolled migration, resource depletion, severe fuel shortages, and the breakdown of law and order. We are told that we must be prepared. The solution is simple they say. Mega-urbanization is an opportunity for economic growth and prosperity. Therefore we must build big, build new and build fast. 0With contributions from an international range of established and emerging scholars drawing upon real world examples, 'Mega-Urbanization in the Global South' is the first to use the lens of speed to examine the postcolonial "urban revolution". From the mega-urbanization of Lusaka, to the production of satellite cities in Jakarta, to new cities built from scratch in Masdar, Songdo and Rajarhat, this book argues that speed is now the persistent feature of a range of utopian visions that seek to expedite the production of new cities.These 'fast cities' are the enduring images of postcolonial urbanism, which bypass actually existing urbanisms through new power-knowledge coalitions of producing, knowing and governing the city. This timely and original book presents urban scholars with the theoretical, empirical and methodological challenges of mega-urbanization in the global south, as well as highlighting new theoretical agendas and empirical analyses that these new forms of city-making bring to the fore.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Fast cities in the urban age / Ayona Datta -- Frictionless utopias for the contemporary urban age : large-scale, master-planned redevelopment projects in urbanizing Africa / Martin Murray -- New African city plans : local urban form and the acceleration of urban inequalities / Vanessa Watson -- Speed kills : fast urbanism and endangered sustainability in the Masdar City project / Federico Cugurullo -- Envisioned by the state : entrepreneurial urbanism and the making of Songdo City, South Korea / Hyun Shin -- From petro-urbanism to knowledge megaprojects in the Persian Gulf : Qatar Foundation's Education City / Agatino Rizzo -- "Their houses on our land" : perforations and blockades in the planning of New Town Rajarhat, India / Ratoola Kundu -- Mega-suburbanization in Jakarta mega-urban region / Delik Hudalah and Tommy Firman -- Mega-scale sustainability : the relational production of a new Lusaka / Mathew Lane -- Planning new towns in the People's Republic : Political dimensions of eco-city images in China / Braulio Morera -- Slow : towards a decelerated urbanism / Abdul Shaban and Ayona Datta.


The global south is entering an 'Urban Age' where, for the first time in history, more people will be living in cities than in the countryside. The logics of this prediction have a dominant framing - rapid urbanization, uncontrolled migration, resource depletion, severe fuel shortages, and the breakdown of law and order. We are told that we must be prepared. The solution is simple they say. Mega-urbanization is an opportunity for economic growth and prosperity. Therefore we must build big, build new and build fast. 0With contributions from an international range of established and emerging scholars drawing upon real world examples, 'Mega-Urbanization in the Global South' is the first to use the lens of speed to examine the postcolonial "urban revolution". From the mega-urbanization of Lusaka, to the production of satellite cities in Jakarta, to new cities built from scratch in Masdar, Songdo and Rajarhat, this book argues that speed is now the persistent feature of a range of utopian visions that seek to expedite the production of new cities.These 'fast cities' are the enduring images of postcolonial urbanism, which bypass actually existing urbanisms through new power-knowledge coalitions of producing, knowing and governing the city. This timely and original book presents urban scholars with the theoretical, empirical and methodological challenges of mega-urbanization in the global south, as well as highlighting new theoretical agendas and empirical analyses that these new forms of city-making bring to the fore.

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