chapter  10
Asian Megacities
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Size is an important consideration in the debates that are central to the shape

of contemporary urbanism. The acceptance of size as a determinant to the defi-

nition of “city” and “urban project” has undergone a conceptual change in the

Asia Pacific Rim as a result of the explosive growth in the scale and nature of

urban conditions there. The design of Asian cities has come to be defined by

huge urban agglomerations as the basis for a new kind of city form. This has

forced a rethinking and radicalization of fundamental concepts such as center

and edge, inside and outside, urban and rural. The very nature of our under-

standing of what is “city” and what is “not city” has been called into question.

The results of these transformative influences has not only affected the