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The Imperatives of Urban and Regional Planning

Concepts and Case Studies from the Developing World

It is a fact that the world is undergoing a gyrational transition, thus steadfast urban and regional planning is relevant in order to achieve global transformation and development. In The Imperatives of Urban and Regional Planning, author Anis Ur Rahmaan shares the indispensable concepts and case studies from the developing world. Readers will uncover highly diversified knowledge and information that cover a wide topical and temporal range.

The Imperatives of Urban and Regional Planning contains articles and papers that have come about after years of academic and applied research endeavors of the practitioners and academicians in the field of urban and regional development planning. Most of these articles have already been presented and deliberated in national and international conferences held in different parts of the world, namely: Indianapolis, Newcastle upon Tyne, Rome, Istanbul, Cairo, Alexandria, Vienna, Stockholm, Jeddah, Riyadh, Jubail, Islamabad, Penang, and Bandung.

Not only are developed and developing countries getting influenced by each other and transforming due to a process of circular causation, but each of the two sets of countries are also undergoing a simultaneous internal transformation due to the differential infusion of technology and indigenous entrepreneurship. As a consequence, highly diversified urban systems are getting integrated interactively, leading to the formation of a global village and achievement of a unity in diversity.


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A Galaxy of Desires

Ostensibly written as travelogue for Dr. Anis ur Rahmaan’s wanderings across the globe, written with the verve of Ghalib the poet, casting the world into various mysteries like Lawrence Durrell did in his Alexandria Quartet,  this autobiography banishes the notion that Islamic writers have not attained the level of literary complexity Western writers have. A Galaxy of Desires is a true spanning of the breadth of human knowledge.  Yet it has all the comfort of poetry (ref. to Ghalib), a discipline supposed to have been perfected by wandering Sufis (and whose records were “lost” or buried, literally, in the sands, since such perfection must return to the Master).   In this sense, Dr. Rahmaan seems to be playing the apostate.  But then, that sense rises only when the author’s subjects are of the world and its worldliness, when his faith is being tried.

The galaxy, then, that readers of this book of wonders explore is the mind of one Anis ur Rahmaan, who prefers to be subject to the whims of the universe.  Lest readers mistake this to be a romantic book, they need only puzzle out some of his thoughts on architecture to see the hardcore philosophe struggling to make sense of the nexus of ambivalence that ties together Eastern and Western philosophies.  If nothing else, Dr. Rahmaan has brilliantly illuminated the circle that his life has circumscribed.


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Anjuman e Arzu

Anjuman e Arzu (Urdu version of A Galaxy of Desires) is an autobiographical travelogue, written from time to time over the last fifty years. Using his unique writing style, the author describes the continuous and ever changing journey of life. The different installments of this travelogue, directly or indirectly, reflect the evolutionary development of the author’s state of mind at the time of their writing.


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