Human Settlement Development

Edited By: Saskia Sassen,

Department of Sociology, The University of Chicago, USA

1. Urban Sustainability and the Regional City System in the Asia Pacific

Peter J. Marcotullio, Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo and Visiting Fellow, United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan

Urban Sustainability, Built Heritage, and Globalization in the Cuban Capital

Joseph Scarpaci

A Rural Migrant Community in Urban Beijing

Fei Guo,Department of Business, Division of Economic and Financial Studies, Macquarie University, Australia

Bangkok: Are Industries Generating a Sustainable City?

Valérie Chambers,Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Settlements as Socio-Technological Systems: Study of Singapore as an Urban Eco-system

Goik-Ling Ooi, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore

Sustainable Human Development in a Medium-sized City: The Example of Freiburg, Germany

Peter W. Heller, The swiss-german CANOPUS FOUNDATION, Germany

Megalopolitan development and the transformation of rural Japan: sustainability implications of extended metropolitan  areas in Asia

Andre Sorensen

Cities, Competitiveness, and Cohesion: Evidence from Central Scotland

Ivan Turok, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, UK

Nick Bailey,

Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, UK

Iain Docherty, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, UK

Free-Trade and Changing Patterns of Cityward Migration: The Case of Mexico

Christof Parnreiter, The Institute for Urban and Regional Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences and The University of Vienna, Austria

Supporting Urban Small-Scale Manufacturers: The Case of Emerging Black-Owned Enterprises in Gauteng, South Africa

Christian M. Rogerson, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South


The City as a Sociotechnological Site: The Case of Exchanges in Financial Centers

Carlos H. Betancourth, Dutch Ministry of Physical Planning, the Environment and Housing VROM, Colombia

2. Peri-Urbanization: Zones of Rural - Urban Transition

Douglas Webster, Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, United States

Larissa Muller, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley, United States

Planning the Sustainable City: A Political Ecology of Urban Growth in Zanzibar

Garth Andrew Myers, Departments of African and African American Studies and Department of Geography, University  of Kansas, USA

Urban Poverty Reduction in India - Towards Building Successful Slum-Upgrading Strategies

Alison J. Barrett, Cities Alliance, India

Richard M. Beardmore, The World Bank, USA

Curitiba, Brazil: A Positive Reference for Urban Development

Jonas Rabinovitch

Urbanization and Environmental Degradation in Jordan

David Higgitt

Livelihoods, Urbanization, and the Rural-Urban Interface in African Growth-based Economies: The Case of Botswana

Fred W. Krüger

Kiosk Business in Moshi Municipality, Tanzania: From informal to formal economy

Colman Titus Moka

3. Urban Sustainability: Theoretical Perspectives on Integrating Economic Development and the Environment

David Gibbs, Department of Geography, University of Hull, UK

Air Pollution and Its Control Strategies in Beijing, China

Hao Jiming

Water and Sustainability in Asian Megalopolises: The Case of Beijing

James E. Nickum, International Relations, Tokyo Jogakkan College, Japan

A Case Study of Mitigating Air Pollution Emissions at Traffic Light Junctures

Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim

The Environmental Impact of Bombing on Industrial Sites throughout Yugoslavia during the 1999 Conflict

Macrin Gabriel Desa, Organizations Department, Michelin, Romania

Urban Social Vulnerability to Disaster in Greater Los Angeles

Ben G. Wisner, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, USA

Urbanization and Desertification in European Mediterranean Coastal Areas: A Case Study in North-Western Sardina

(Alghero, Italy)

Giuseppe Enne

Shanghai: Population Planning and Urban Sustainability

Yongyuan Yin, AIRG/Environment Canada, and Sustainable Development Research Institute, University of British Columbia, Canada

Guixin Wang, Population Research Institute, Fudan University, China

Urban sustainable indicators - A case study from Hong Kong

Stephen S.Y. Lau

4. Rural Sustainability

Christopher Bryant, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Montreal, Canada

Denis Granjon, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Montreal, Canada

Traditional Land Use for Sustainable Development: The Case of Yunnan Province, China

Yang Zisheng

Regional Rural Development in Punjab Province: an Environment-Based Approach for Guiding Decisions on Industrial  Location

Awais L. Piracha, School of Construction, Property and Planning, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Hideharu Morishita, Department of Information and Policy Studies, Aichi Gakuin University, Japan

Informal Settlements and their Upgrading: Building on the Lessons of the Three Decades of Experience

Emiel A. Wegelin, Urb Act - International Advisory Services for Urban Action, The Netherlands

The Renewal of Rural Sustainability in the Czech Republic

Vladimir Kremsa

The New Rurality in the Regional Periphery of Central Mexico

Javier Delgado

Integrated Watershed Management: Basic Concepts and Issues

Ghopal B. Thapa, Integrated Watershed Development and Management Program, School of Environment, Resources

and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Mineral Extraction, Economy and the Urban Environment: the Role of Foreign Direct Investment in Economies in Transition and Developing Countries

Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Hungary

Maia An, Civil Society Development Foundation, Hungary

Sustainable Future Urban Patterns and Socio-Economic Activities of Tropical Wetlands in Southeast Asia

Ahmed Sanusi Hassan, School of Housing, Building & Planning, University of Science, Malaysia

5. Using Foreign Direct Investment to Improve Urban Environmental Infrastructure and Services: The Case of Hanoi


Nyugen Thi Bin Minh, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Temporary Migrants in Shanghai, China: Housing Choices and Patterns

Weiping Wu, Department of Urban Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Renewable Energy Policy, Planning and Practice in Cities and City-Regions

Peter Droege

Self-Sustainability for the Management of Water Cycles at the Local Level

Erich Roberto Trevisiol, IUAV-DP-LABSLA, Italy

Indicators of urban sustainability in the United States: a framework for measuring progress

John M. Blair, Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia

Urban Infrastructure Development and Sustainability in Nigeria

Vincent I. Ogu

Organizational Puzzle of Solid House Waste Management in Porto-Novo

Ir Houinsou Dedehouanou

6. The Long Way Towards Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Mobility: The Dutch case

Hugo Priemus

Urban Freight Transportation and the Quantifiable consequences of Inefficient Planning on Urban Sustainability

Hostilio Xavier

Transportation and Urban Sustainability

Lal C. Wadhwa, School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, James Cook University, Australia

Recharging the Rural-Urban Vector: A Case Study of the Impacts of Rural Improvements in Bangladesh

Karen Coelho

Land Transport Policies and Strategies for a Sustainable Transport System

Maria Choy, Land Transport Authority, Singapore

Teo Yee Lan, Land Transport Authority, Singapore

Environmental Sanitation Indicators for Upgraded Slums: the case of Jardim Floresta Slum (FAVELA) in the City of São Paulo

Alex Kenya Abiko, Escola Politecnica of the University of São Paulo, Brazil

Marco Antonio Placido de Almeida, School of Civil Engineering and School of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Municipal Solid Waste Management in 3rd World Cities: Lessons Learned and a Proposal for Improvement

Martin Medina

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment and Municipal Solid Waste Management

Eric Williams, United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan

7. The Participatory City

Voula Mega

Urban Environmental Problems: Implications of Rapid Urbanization without Adequate Urban Governance in Lesotho

Tsepiso Mohapi

Mexico City: Individual and Collective Responses to Urban Environmental Deterioration

Haydea Izazola, Department of Methods and Systems, Sciences and Arts for Design, Universidad Autónoma

Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico

Linking Participation, Empowerment and Sustainability: The South African Experience

Michael Lyons, BT Laboratories, Martlesham Health, UK

Sustainable Transportation, Economic Viability, and Social Equity: The Case of Bogota, Colombia

Aaron Golub

The Political and Social Agenda in Policymaking in the Urban Sector: The Case of Egypt (1950s-1990s)

M. Hamza, Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Decentralization and Sustainable Human Development: An Analysis of Local and Municipal Councils in Iran

Pooya Alaedini, United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies, Tokyo, Japan

Siamak Namazi, Atieh Bahar Consulting, Iran

8. Rural Development: Participation and Diversity for Sustainability

Juha I. Uitto, Global Environment Facility (GEF) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, USA

Investigating the Concepts of Legality and Legitimacy in Sustainable Urban Development: A Case Study of Land Use

Planning in Maputo, Mozambique

Paul Jenkins, Centre for Environment & Human Settlements (CEHS), School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Patterns of Economic Affluence and Environmental Degradation in Houston, Texas

Judith A. Cherni, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Centre for Environmental Technology, UK

Urban Poverty and the Need for a New Urban Ethics: the case of Sao Paulo

Gian Matteo Apuzzo

Coping with Urban Social Vulnerability to Hazards in Tokyo: Current Status of Disaster Mitigation Plans and its


Shigeo Takahashi, Department of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

The Degradation of Work in the Global Economy: Low Income Women and The Precarious Labor Market in Sao Paulo

Simone Buechler

Victims, Villains and Fixers: the Urban Environment and Johannesburg’s Poor Urban Segregation and Sustainability in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sueli Ramos Schiffer, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of São Paulo, Brazil

The Five Cities of Buenos Aires: An Essay on Poverty and Inequality in Urban Argentina

Michael Cohen

Missing Links: Neighborhood and State Initiatives Against Crime in Capetown, South Africa

Sophie Oldfield, Environmental and Geographical Science Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa

9. The Cities, the State and the Markets: In Search of Sustainability

Marisa Carmona

The Effects of the Transition in Hungary on the Urban Environment

Walter Hook

The Role of Clientelism in Sustainable Development: Case Study Kocaeli/Turkey

Basak Koyuncu

Greening London

Anne Bartlett

The Memorandum of Understanding on Child Labor, Export Oriented Garment Production in Bangladesh, and Urban Sustainability

Ethel Brooks

The National-Local Policy Vacuum in Sustainable Land Use Planning: Al Quatif Oasis, Saudi Arabia

Faez Al-Shihri

Technical Process, Political Realties: Sustainable Development and the South Durban Strategic Environmental Assessment

Zarina Patel, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Interpreting the Regulatory Geography of Sustainable Development: The Rise of the Sustainable City in the UK

Mark Goodwin, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

Mark Whitehead, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK