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Urban Development Series

The Urban Development Series are shared knowledge resources with developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific on good practices, innovative development tools, and approaches for urban revitalization and renewal under ADB's Long-Term Strategic Framework 2020.


  • Green CitiesBooks |

    Green Cities

    ADB will endeavor to develop longer-term engagements in focus urban regions. This will provide the opportunity to develop an integrated plan based on assessments of the environmental, social, and economic priorities for these regions.

  • Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster-Based Local Economic DevelopmentBooks |

    Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster-Based Local Economic Development

    This book explores ways to foster the development of more competitive and sustainable urban economies in Asia.

  • Inclusive CitiesBooks |

    Inclusive Cities

    This publication represents the work of ADB’s urban community of practice to make cities more “inclusive”—ensuring the poor and vulnerable have access to the services they need to better their quality of life.

  • Rebuilding Lives and Homes in Aceh and Nias, IndonesiaBooks |

    Rebuilding Lives and Homes in Aceh and Nias, Indonesia

    The book's refreshing glimpse into on-the-ground, post-disaster project implementation contains important lessons for future disaster-response donor assistance.

  • Unleashing Economic Growth: Region-Based Urban Development Strategy for NepalBooks |

    Unleashing Economic Growth: Region-Based Urban Development Strategy for Nepal

    This edition presents an alternative way of developing Nepal’s urban regions, inclusively covering both urban and rural economies.

  • Changing Course: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Urban TransportBooks |

    Changing Course: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Transport

    Most Asian cities have grown more congested, more sprawling, and less livable in recent years; and statistics suggest that this trend will continue. Rather than mitigate the problems, transport policies have often exacerbated them. In this book, ADB outlines a new paradigm for sustainable urban transport that gives Asian cities a workable, step-by-step blueprint for reversing the trend and moving toward safer, cleaner, more sustainable cities, and a better quality of urban life.

  • Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia: The Potential for Urban Renewal in Ha Noi, Jakarta, and ManilaBooks |

    Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia: The Potential for Urban Renewal in Ha Noi, Jakarta, and Manila

    The cases of Ha Noi, Jakarta, and Manila, presented in this publication on Revitalization of Historic Inner-City Areas in Asia, demonstrate that inner-city areas and urban heritage assets can become important opportunities for public and private investments with a good potential for bankable and profitable public-private partnership projects. Urbanizing Asia in the 21st century requires a fresh look at urban renewal and historic inner cities, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has a role to play in this area.

  • Urban Development Experience and Visions: India and the People's Republic of ChinaBooks |

    Urban Development Experience and Visions: India and the People's Republic of China

    This report summarizes the discussions that took place on 8- 16 November 2007 at an Asian Development Bank - sponsored workshop on Urban Development Experience of the PRC and India with Private Sector Participation. The workshop was held in the People's Republic of China, where high-level officials of central, state, and municipal governments from India were invited to share the vision and experience of the two countries. Particular emphasis was given to the role of the private sector in the provision of urban infrastructure and services. The mobile workshop for the participants from India was conducted in the cities of Beijing, Suzhou, and Shenzhen.

  • City Cluster Development: Toward an Urban-led Development Strategy for AsiaBooks |

    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.

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