The City in Southeast Asia: Patterns, Processes and Policy, by Peter J. Rimmer and Howard Dick, explores the ways of moving beyond outmoded paradigms of the Third World City. Under “Patterns,” the authors look at the “global cities” of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, and then the national capitals of Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila, in relation to the second cities of Chiang Mai, Surabaya, Cebu, and Penang. “Processes” focuses upon the privitization of climate through air-conditioned environments, the industrialization of consumption in the form of large shopping malls, the role of cities as platforms for the globalization strategies of Asian multinationals, and the contest at street-level between public and private space. Finally, “Policy” addresses governance and markets with regard to key issues in urban and land-use planning.
July 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3313-8 / $34.00 (PAPER)