Book review by Anirban Pal
Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View [Gerardo del Cerro Santamaria (ed.) Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View, Emerald: Bingley,2013]
There is almost a consensus now among urban policy makers that cities can serve as engines of economic growth, alleviate poverty and be part of the solution to address global environmental challenges, and thus lead to a more broad-based improvement in living conditions. More controversial has been the issue of the extent to which large-scale infrastructure and real-estate development projects contribute to such goals. This book addresses this theme by bringing together urban scholars from North America, Europe and Asia with an aim ‘to understand the causes and consequences of new scales and forms of territorial and spatial restructuring in the context of accelerated globalization by focusing on a diverse array of urban megaproject developments’ (pp. xxiv).
This edited volume puts together a set of academic papers that are either individual case studies or comparisons of two or more case studies of projects loosely defined as ‘urban megaprojects’ (UMP).