Asia-Pacific

October 24, 2006, 5am PDT
<p>The South Korean government has announced plans to create at least one new town and to increase the size of older cities, hoping to decrease the population density and increase the housing supply.</p>
The Dong-A Ilbo
October 23, 2006, 6am PDT
<p>The city is preserving its historic neighborhoods while adapting buildings for economically productive uses.</p>
Canoe.ca
October 19, 2006, 10am PDT
<p>As Asia ascends, we can learn a lot from how they preserve their past and celebrate the historic urban form.</p>
The Next American City
October 5, 2006, 1pm PDT
Osaka, Shanghai, and Tokyo are considered top Asia Pacific cities in terms of real estate investment and development prospects, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2007, just published by the Urban Land Institute.
Urban Land Institute
September 28, 2006, 1pm PDT
The new Thai military junta is freezing big box stores expansion programs in an effort to protect the remaining small stores.
Inquirer (Philippines)
September 17, 2006, 1pm PDT
While carbon dioxide has received the most attention as the primary greenhouse gas, methane, while less prevalent, is far more powerful in its ability to retain heat. The melting permafrost in Siberia represents a major source of methane emissions.
AP via USA TODAY
September 12, 2006, 6am PDT
As a new international port sets to open in 2010, a nearby rural area in South Korea is being scouted to be the nation's next major metropolis.
International Herald Tribune
August 21, 2006, 11am PDT
Rapid economic expansion has created rampant pollution in China, and officials are determined to clean it up in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Reuters via The New York Times
August 4, 2006, 5am PDT
Despite a still tenuous political situation, this war-battered region in the Northern Caucasuses of Russia is beginning to show signs of life.
National Public Radio
July 5, 2006, 11am PDT
Lured by billions of dollars in government investment, brand new research equipment and facilities, and the opportunity to conduct research unfettered by social politics, biotech researchers are increasingly setting up shop in Singapore.
Austin American-Statesman
June 26, 2006, 8am PDT
Coal mining in northern China is ravaging many of its villages. Mining goes on without regard to the environmental destruction it causes and the devastating effects on China's rural villages.
The New York Times
June 23, 2006, 12pm PDT
Deserts on each side are moving in on one of few agriculturally viable pieces of land in Northern China's Minqin county. Thousands have been displaced as sands engulf land and the food it once grew.
The New York Times via International Herald Tribune
May 30, 2006, 9am PDT
As Japan's population shrinks, the Japanese government bans the development of new shopping malls or amusement centers exceeding 108,000 s.f. in suburban areas to prevent the 'hollowing out' of urban centers.
Terra Daily
May 26, 2006, 12pm PDT
One of the world's largest lakes, shrinking for half a century, is making a dramatic comeback.
The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2006, 7am PDT
The metro government has decided to restrict development around three historic buildings, in order to preserve views. Some developers object.
The Japan Times
April 28, 2006, 1pm PDT
Bryan Finoki tackles the spatial and socio-economic problems of shantytowns, focusing on recent tragedies in the Philippines. (Includes photos.)
Inhabitat
April 19, 2006, 8am PDT
What does it mean when Japan, the most hopeful follower of the Kyoto Protocol, "acts more American" and pollutes more than expected?
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 6, 2006, 9am PST
New legislation would more strictly enforce planning regulations governing public buildings and parks, regulations now often ignored by planners and developers.
February 28, 2006, 11am PST
Without a doubt, Shanghai has surpassed Tokyo in terms of urban energy, buzz, and style.
International Herald Tribune
February 27, 2006, 12pm PST
Development in Shanghai and Osaka over the past decade shows one region growing fast, the other stuck in the mud.
International Herald Tribune