Urban competitiveness vis-a-vis sustainable urban development: A discourse on urban development in Malaysia

Fatimah Yusof, and Katiman Rostam, and Zikri Muhammad, (2008) Urban competitiveness vis-a-vis sustainable urban development: A discourse on urban development in Malaysia. Geografia : Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 4 (1). pp. 85-98. ISSN 2180-2491


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With the advent of economic globalization, sustainable urban development efforts are facing a new challenge whereby cities must not only be seen as sustainable and livable but also competitive enough in attracting foreign direct investments. As such, local authorities now find themselves struggling to achieve sustainable urban development objectives while at the same time under great pressure to create favourable climates for economic investment particularly in the manufacturing and service sectors. The two sustainability and competitiveness concepts may not be entirely compatible but they are organically interrelated. This article discusses both concepts, highlights their differences and similarities, and addresses some of the common elements which could be applied in the field of urban management. The paper concludes that although the relationships between urban sustainability and urban competitiveness are not entirely adversarial, fundamental incongruities in objectives and impacts remain. These have the potentials of generating conflicts in the course of urban management not least because they were motivated by different values. What is needed then is a more pragmatic approach that could reconcile the divergent objectives, a challenge that only amplifies the importance of the synthesising role of local authorities

Item Type:Article
Keywords:local authorities; sustainable urban development; urban competitiveness; urban livability; urban planning and management; urban sustainability
Journal:Geografia ; Malaysian Journal of Society and Space
ID Code:1615
Deposited By: mr Mustaffa Abu Bakar
Deposited On:01 Jun 2011 07:38
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:29

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