Asia-Pacific

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
March 16, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>A real estate company in Chongqing city, China, turns the home of a man who refuses to move into an island. [Includes a stunning photo.]</p>
Ananova
March 15, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Spurred by extraordinary economic and urban growth, Ho Chi Minh City is experiencing a building boom. But preservationists are worried about the danger to the city's priceless colonial era heritage.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
March 14, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>The Asian Development Bank has partnered with the Singapore government on a new educational initiative to help improve conditions for poorer residents of the region's cities.</p>
People's Daily Online
March 11, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Researcher say air pollution from Asia is changing Pacific weather patterns and ending up over West Coast cities.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Shanghai's market may have tanked, but its planners see an upside in Miami Beach. So do Mumbai's.</p>
The Slatin Report
March 2, 2007, 8am PST
<p>With South Korea's historic apprehension towards China, efforts at resurrecting or creating new Chinatowns in Incheon and other cities have been so far been lacking one key ingredient -- Chinese residents.</p>
International Herald Tribune
February 5, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Neglect, poor planning, and flawed city management are being blamed for the recent flooding in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta that has caused hundreds of thousands to evacuate.</p>
BBC
January 26, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Indonesia's private airplanes and trains are not subject to stringent regulation officials say. As a result, the government compromises safety.</p>
BBC World
January 15, 2007, 7am PST
<p>While they flourish in Asia, huge shopping malls are losing their popularity in the U.S. to big box retailers. One way developers are reacting is by recreating the formerly all-commercial shopping experience to include a mix of uses.</p>
MSNBC
January 12, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Given a history of environment problems, some wonder if the 2008 Olympics in Beijing will showcase the world's worst pollution as well as world-class athletes? A marathon runner dies as the City's pollution index hits 149 (100 is unhealthy).</p>
Knowledge@Wharton
January 10, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The restored Cheonggyecheon river, which once was reduced to a sewer capped by a six-lane highway, now serves as a focal point for urban recreation in the South Korean capital.</p>
Mail & Guardian Online
January 6, 2007, 5am PST
<p>After several long delays, Taiwan's new Shinkansen bullet train begins commercial service, linking the island's two major cities.</p>
Associated Press via Forbes
January 5, 2007, 9am PST
<p>At over 4 million square feet, Manila's new mega-mall is part commercial palace and social square.</p>
PopMatters
December 21, 2006, 11am PST
<p>A new report has been released in Japan that projects a sharp drop in the country's population over the next 50 years. The report predicts that a declining birth rate will cause a decrease of more than 30% by 2055.</p>
BBC
November 25, 2006, 7am PST
<p>New urban development in the former Saigon reflects the city's booming economy and ambition, but some look at other fast-moving Asian cities and worry about the consequences of such rapid growth.</p>
International Herald Tribune
November 21, 2006, 12pm PST
<p>An automobile tour through Bangkok explores the city that epitomizes urban decentralization in Asia.</p>
Urban Tours by Rental Car
November 21, 2006, 7am PST
<p>As its population declines and homes are taking up more space, home designers in Japan are looking to the self-sufficient designs of space stations to guide the development of environmentally sustainable homes.</p>
BBC
November 12, 2006, 9am PST
<p>An agreement has been reached between 18 countries to move forward on a long-sought plan to connect railways between Singapore and Turkey, creating a vast network expected to boost the economies of currently remote areas.</p>
Armenia Liberty