First published in 1999, this volume begins with a panoramic survey by Nigel Harris of the drama of Asian Urbanization, based on the inaugural plenary lecture he gave to the 5th Asian Urbanization Conference held in London. In the following chapters many experts and practitioners from different countries and cities provide a stimulating portrayal of the processes and outcomes of one of the greatest shifts of population (not just absolutely but proportionately as well) ever to have occurred in human history.

Asia includes more than half the world’s population, but, apart from the Tiger economies and Japan, it is still overwhelmingly rural. In the last decade or so urbanization has really begun to take off and the shift of population to the cities represents one of the greatest population movements the planet has ever seen. By 2030 more than 50% of Asia’s population will be urban and between now and then more than 500 million people in Asia will have moved - looking for jobs, housing, food and water. They will be both part of a problem and most of the solution - building around them the cities they will live in.

part I|2 pages


chapter 1|11 pages


The Future of Urbanisatior in Asia
Edited ByNigel Harris

part II|2 pages

The Urban Base

chapter 2|15 pages

Reconsidering the Current Interpretation on China’s Urbanisation under Mao’s Period

A Review on Western Literature *

chapter |2 pages

The Urban Base

The Russian Far East

chapter |2 pages

The Urban Base


chapter 9|22 pages

The Information Technology (IT) Industry in Bangalore

A Case of Urban Competitiveness in India?

chapter 10|18 pages

Sustainable Tourism

Resources and Strategies for Western India and the Case of the Shekhawati Painted Walls

chapter |2 pages

The Urban Base

Saudi Arabia

chapter 11|16 pages

Nomad Settlements in Saudi Arabia

A Cultural Approach to Urbanisation in Developing Countries

part IV|2 pages

Urban Land Use and Architecture

chapter 16|16 pages

East meets West in Bangalore

The Impact of Economic Change on the Built Environment

chapter 17|14 pages

Shanghai’s Land Development

A View of the Transformation of Mainland China’s Administrative Systems since 1978

chapter 19|10 pages

Aspiration and Reality in Tehran

Land Use Plans and their Implementation

chapter 22|17 pages

Urban Landscapes of Japan