Already criticized for its sprawl, the largest city in New Zealand is putting on its game face as it prepares to host its largest sporting event ever - the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Mar 10, 2010 The New Zealand Herald
This video takes a futuristic tour of Tokyo -- through an editing technique that parallels the imagery to give the impression of weightless flight.
Mar 7, 2010 nait5
Environmentalists in Russia are fuming over plans to construct a resort in the middle of a nature preserve near the 2014 Winter Olympics host city of Sochi.
Feb 8, 2010 Der Spiegel
Technology is going to be deeply integrated within New Songdo City, an instant city developing on a man-made island off the coast of Korea.
Feb 2, 2010 Fast Company
Joan Lowy suggests that the Obama administration's claim that the high-speed rail initiative will create jobs overlooks the fact that the expertise is in Europe and Asia and foreign firms will likely be needed to develop HSR quickly.
Jan 29, 2010 CB Online
The recent election of a new mayor in a small town on the Japanese island of Okinawa has severely threatened plans to build a new U.S. military base in the town.
Jan 25, 2010 The New York Times
Japan's famous train stationmaster cat Tama received a promotion to "super stationmaster." Tama's popularity has had an economic impact of the area estimated at ¥1.1 billion.
Jan 22, 2010 Japan Probe
In Singapore, where land is precious, new concepts in building are being proposed to create shared resources for different industries in the same space.
Jan 9, 2010 AsiaOne
The "N Building" in Tokyo has a facade made up of digital QR codes- aim your phone at a window, and it will tell you all about the business, what's on sale, and what the people inside are Tweeting.
Jan 8, 2010 Fast Company
While the U.S. has its infamous Single Room Occupancy hotels, Tokyo has its "capsule" hotels - making SROs appear downright spacious by comparison. This article and accompanying slide show looks at life for one resident of Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510.
Jan 4, 2010 The New York Times - Global Business