Bringing together a group of international scholars, Directors of Urban Change in Asia examines who the 'directors' for urban change are in an eclectic mix of Asian cities. The books discusses how, in the majority of cases, urban change has come about primarily as the result of visionary leaders, on national, regional and local levels. It also makes clear that the less successful cities have tended to lack such leaders.
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Acknowledgements Contributors 1. Introduction: Directors of Urban Change 2. Colombo 3. Guangzhou City: Ever-Changing Urban Planning 4. Hanoi: Between the Imperfect Past and the Conditional Future 5. Jakarta: Conflicting Directions 6. Kuala Lumpur and Singapore: High Hopes versus a Low Profile 7. Makassar: Set, Backstage and a Diva in an Indonesian Secondary City 8. Metro Manila: Designers or Directors of Urban Development? 9. Nanjing: Promoting the ICT Sector 10. Semarang: Was H.F. Tillema a Director of Urban Change? 11. Surabaya: The Bridge to Madura 12. Tehran: A Mega-City Built without a Vision 13. Tokyo: Paradise of Speculators and Builders Index
Peter Nas is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Leiden University, The Netherlands.