Asia-Pacific

December 17, 2007, 6am PST
<p><em>Vice Magazine</em> presents this photo essay on a cemetery in Manila that is heavily populated with both the living and the dead. More than 10,000 families make this graveyard their home.</p>
Vice Magazine
December 6, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Smaller cities in rural areas of Japan are being gutted out, as big box centers continue to sprout up outside cities.</p>
International Herald Tribune
December 3, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Many Japanese cities are in decline, and people there are counting on the new prime minister to put a stop to it.</p>
Der Spiegel
November 22, 2007, 9am PST
<p>A vortex of winds has concentrated garbage and plastic flotsam into a huge island of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean -- an unintentionally man-made mass that is growing at a rapid pace.</p>
The Tyee
November 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Road designers in Japan have created a system of specialized grooves on highway pavement that produce melodies when cars drive over them at certain speeds.</p>
The Guardian
October 19, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>This post from <em>Salon</em> shows a video of a train that travels right through a market in Bangkok.</p>
Salon
October 11, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Rapid building and public works projects are destroying much of the natural environment in Japan, a country that lays 25 to 30 times more concrete than the U.S.</p>
NPR
October 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A $7 billion new town is being planned in Vietnam, across the Red River from capital city Hanoi. And though the creation of thousands of new houses is welcomed, many are concerned about development along the sensitive riverfront.</p>
VietNamNet Bridge
September 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Japan's population is aging, and could drop by more than one-quarter of its size within 50 years. Many are calling on the government to plan for the diminishing population, and for how it will affect many of the country's cities and suburbs.</p>
The Washington Post
September 10, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Japan's leech invasion may be an unintended consequence of successful reforestation efforts combined with rural population declines.</p>
Salon
August 3, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In New Zealand, its not so much people, but methane-producing livestock that's the problem. A revived government proposal would tax farmers for their animal's gas emissions.</p>
Stuff.co.nz
July 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>The landfill on the island of Pulau Semakau is designed to store the waste from the city-state of Singapore while preserving the ecological health of the surrounding environment.</p>
CNN
June 6, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Tokyo is rapidly developing -- and redeveloping. One of the unique characteristics about the city is the temporal nature of its buildings and spaces, which are often replaced after very short lives with new visions of the city's future.</p>
Wired
May 21, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Birth rates have been steadily declining in many Asian countries -- a trend some are attributing partly to rapid industrialization and urbanization.</p>
International Herald Tribune
May 12, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The governments of North and South Korea have agreed on plans to create a cross-border train route -- the first such rail crossing in more than 50 years.</p>
BBC
May 8, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>An agreement between 21 nations has banned the highly destructive commercial fishing practice known as bottom trawling in the South Pacific seas, which accounts for more than one-quarter of the world's oceans.</p>
BBC
May 4, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The Malaysian government is hoping its new mega-plans for an expansive 21st Century economic hub will bring more action to the country, where other big projects have not lived up to their economic potential.</p>
International Herald Tribune
April 16, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>This report looks at the new Tokyo Midtown mega-development, which the author suggests will become the new standard for mixed use.</p>
International Herald Tribune
March 29, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Spurning options that lead to urban sprawl, academics and politicians in New Zealand are urging the government to address the shortages and to make so-called "social housing" more palatable.</p>
Stuff.co.nz
March 28, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>A journalist says Burma's new secret capital city uses urban planning as insurance against regime change.</p>
The Independent