City Cluster Development: Toward an Urban-led Development Strategy for Asia

Publication | September 2008
City Cluster Development: Toward an Urban-led Development Strategy for Asia

Planning for development in rapidly urbanizing Asia requires a fresh look. This book analyzes emerging urbanization patterns and explores the potential of city cluster development in Asia. City cluster development takes into account the provision of infrastructure and services in connection with spark potentials of economic growth and dispenses with the urban-rural dichotomy of traditional development planning, recognizing that urban centers are not only hubs for economic growth but also service centers for surrounding areas. Based on the review of how city clusters form and develop, this book explores strategic planning framework for city cluster development and includes some cases of possible city cluster development in India.


  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • City Cluster Development
    • Urban, Urbanization and City Clusters
    • Views on the Role of Urbanization in Development
    • Beneficial Aspects of Clustered Urbanization
  • City Cluster Development in Asia
    • Urban Corridors
    • Megacity-Dominated Clusters
    • Subnational City Clusters
    • Transborder City Clusters
    • Special Economic Zones and Other Enclaves by Distinctive Functions
  • A Strategic Framework for City Cluster Development
    • Barriers to City Cluster Development and Measures to Mitigate Them
    • Approaches for Developing City Clusters
  • A Road Map for Pursuing City Cluster Development Initiatives
    • Including Urban Sector Initiatives in Country Development Strategies
    • Identifying Potential Areas for CCD Initiatives
    • Adopting a Set of Guidelines for Selecting Potential CCD Projects
    • Seeking and Using Local Expertise
    • Mobilizing Financial Resources
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix: City Cluster Development in India