Seminar on ‘Metropolization in Second-rank Cities and its Impact on Urban Planning Issues: A Southeast Asian Perspective’ by Prof Charles Goldblum

VENUE: Executive Seminar Room, AS7 level 1

TIME: 3:30 to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


The development of mega-urban regions is part of a larger process of transformation of urban space and territorial dynamics. This metropolization process is affecting physical space of cities including their city core, urbanized area, suburbs, and peripheral area. It is strongly connected to the globalization of the world economy resulting largely from the “transactional revolution” (McGee). In Southeast Asia, this revolution has accelerated the pace of urbanization within and around the largest and/or more dynamic cities like Bangkok or Jakarta, Singapore playing the role model of planned metropolization in this respect.

In the new urban dynamics led by global cities, how intensive are Southeast Asian second-rank cities: small and medium sized capital cities engaged themselves and in what measures, levels and features are they involved? Though as late comers in the regional international economy, medium-sized capital cities like Phnom Penh and Vientiane are showing some strong features of participation with the regional metropolization trends. This seminar is intended to respond to the question introduced by Rimmer and Dick (The City in Southeast Asia, NUS, 2009): how far is the globalization process giving a new opportunity to secondary cities to enter the dynamics of metropolitan development? In other words, how can second-ranking capital cities “benefit from it” (or at least cope with or adapt to it) in the regional competition?  What are the prospects of (and hindrances to) urban planning in this respect?

Brief CV of Speaker

Charles Goldblum is currently Emeritus professor, after serving as full professor and director (1987-1992), at the University of Paris 8 – Institut Français d’Urbanisme (French Institute of Urban Planning – IFU) and senior researcher at the Laboratoire Théorie des Mutations Urbaines (CNRS – National Centre for Scientific Research). He was also head of IFU’s Master and PhD programmes.

As a specialist in urban development and urban policy issues in Asian developing and emerging countries (from analysis on metropolitan development based on fieldwork in Southeast Asia to theoretical approaches to urban governance), he has published several books and large numbers of papers on these issues (last publications as co-editor, in French: Vientiane, architectures d’une capitale de l’Asie du Sud-Est – Traces, formes, structures, projets ; in English: Spatial Planning for a Sustainable Singapore). He is currently active in several research and academic cooperation programmes in Laos, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. He is presently member of a French think-tank for international urban cooperation (French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development, an initiative of the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Environment).

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