© 2011


Urban Form, Governance, and Sustainability

  • André Sorensen
  • Junichiro Okata

Part of the Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
    1. André Sorensen, Junichiro Okata
      Pages 1-12
  2. Asia

  3. Europe and North America

  4. Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Alfonso Valenzuela-Aguilera
      Pages 291-310
    3. José Salazar Ferro
      Pages 311-344

About this book


For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s population is urban. A fundamental aspect of this transformation has been the emergence of giant cities, or megacities, that present major new challenges. This book examines how issues of megacity development, urban form, sustainability, and unsustainability are conceived, how governance processes are influenced by these ideas, and how these processes have in turn influenced outcomes on the ground, in some cases in transformative ways. Through 15 in-depth case studies by prominent researchers from around the world, this book examines the major challenges facing megacities today. The studies are organized around a shared set of concerns and questions about issues of sustainability, land development, urban governance, and urban form. Some of the main questions addressed are: What are the most pressing issues of sustainability and urban form in each megacity? How are major issues of sustainability understood and framed by policymakers? Is urban form considered a significant component of sustainability issues in public debates and public policy? Who are the key actors framing urban sustainability challenges and shaping urban change? How is unsustainability, risk, or disaster imagined, and how are those concerns reflected in policy approaches? What has been achieved so far, and what challenges remain? The publication of this book is a step toward answering these and other crucial questions.


Governance Megacity Planning Sustainability Urban Form

Editors and affiliations

  • André Sorensen
    • 1
  • Junichiro Okata
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Toronto ScarboroughTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Urban Engineering School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Megacities
  • Book Subtitle Urban Form, Governance, and Sustainability
  • Editors Andre Sorensen
    Junichiro Okata
  • Series Title Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Authors 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-99266-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-54082-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-99267-7
  • Series ISSN 1865-8504
  • Series E-ISSN 1865-8512
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 418
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning
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