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Rapid Urbanization: The Challenges and Opportunities for Planning in Asian Cities

Abstract: Smart City, Green City, Resilient City or Sustainable City, all terms with slight differences in their implications but all referring to recent trends in planning and management of cities that emphasize quality of life over the long term. Asian cities have embraced all four of these labels with enthusiasm, but to what extent has this produced new and effective ways to address the rapid urbanization that has affected them? Drawing upon cases within Asian cities, but with particular emphasis on Indonesian cities, this presentation will critically assess the challenges and opportunities that these new movements have provided. It will also seek to offer some views on how best to introduce innovations in planning and managing urbanization that seek the goal of an inclusive urban experience.

Biography: Christopher Silver, Ph.D., FAICP, is a professor and former dean of the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. He came to the University of Florida in the fall of 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was professor and head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for eight years. He is an author or co-author of five books, including Planning the Megacity: Jakarta, Indonesia in the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2008) and Planning and Decentralization: Contested Spaces for Action in the Global South, with V. Beard and F. Miraftab (Taylor and Francis, 2008) as well as numerous articles, chapters, book reviews, paper presentations and speeches.

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