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Globalization, Mega-projects and the Environment: Urban Form and Water in Jakarta

By Mike Douglass


Intercity competition for world city status and new layers of global consumer and finance capital entering very large city regions in Pacific Asia are the drivers for an unprecedented mega-project boom that is intensively restructuring and expanding urban space in environmentally unsound ways. Land use planning by governments has largely yielded to these private developments, placing the environmental conditions and livability of these city regions at heightening risk. The case of Jakarta is used to reveal how the ensemble of mega-projects is undermining regional ecologies, including water supply, quality and distribution in the greater mega-urban region.

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