Asia-Pacific

June 28, 2011, 12pm PDT
In preparing a bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo is planning to include areas that were ravaged by the recent tsunami and earthquake.
Daily Mail
June 24, 2011, 5am PDT
Tsunami, earthquakes, and nuclear radiation in the past, Japan proceeds to build a magnetic train that defies Newton's laws of physics.
GOOD Magazine
June 20, 2011, 10am PDT
Photojournalist and blogger Dr. Hank Snaffler, Jr. documents the Sathorn Unique, an abandoned skyscraper at the heart of Bangkok.
Abandoned Journey
June 19, 2011, 11am PDT
Japan is typically associated with strong disaster preparedness plans, but the devastation following the March tsunami highlights some of the nation's shortcomings in adapting and reacting, according to this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
Citiwire
June 11, 2011, 5am PDT
A small community in tsunami-ravaged Japan considers a plan to move the entire village farther above sea level.
MSNBC
June 6, 2011, 9am PDT
Panasonic and a group of companies are planning on building a new demonstration "smart town" in Kanagawa Prefecture on a site the tsunami destroyed.
Popular Science
June 3, 2011, 11am PDT
A consultant has recommended to UNESCO that they reject a proposal to include 19 buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier on their list of world heritage sites.
Daily Yomiyuri Online
June 2, 2011, 10am PDT
South Korea is emerging as a new center of Asian mega development. With a variety of large-scale and small-scale projects, the country is taking a specific interest in sustainable development.
The Architect's Newspaper
May 31, 2011, 10am PDT
After decades in development, Japan is ready to begin construction on their first commercial maglev train, which will eventually run between Tokyo and Osaka at speeds of up to 313 miles per hour.
Environment Service News
May 27, 2011, 8am PDT
The city of Wellington, an emerging center for filmmaking in New Zealand, is considering a plans to build a hillside sign with the word "Wellywood" -- an homage to the famous "Hollywood" sign. Hollywood is not flattered.
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2011, 10am PDT
A look at the pedestrian scramble in the Shibuya District of Tokyo, Japan.
LA Times
April 23, 2011, 5am PDT
This video from <em>VBS</em> follows photographer Donald Weber into the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, where he documents the aftermath of the evacuation.
VBS
April 22, 2011, 8am PDT
Kazakhstan built a new capital city in 1997 in far-off Astana. This piece from <em>The New Yorker</em> takes a tour of the city, and finds a unique architectural development underway, but a city still in its early years of formation.
The New Yorker
April 22, 2011, 6am PDT
Bicycle use is on the rise in Japan, where recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has made driving and transit use much more difficult.
The New York Times
April 17, 2011, 11am PDT
Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti writes that Japan's urbanism should serve as a model to the rest of the world for its density and the "urbane society" it creates.
Urban Omnibus
April 12, 2011, 12pm PDT
This piece from<em>Der Spiegel</em> takes you inside the abandoned cities of Japan that were forced to clear out amid threats of nuclear meltdown.
Der Spiegel
April 8, 2011, 7am PDT
A "crazy idea" to remove an inner city freeway in Seoul, South Korea turned to reality. This piece tells the story about how this unlikely event came to be.
Grist
April 2, 2011, 9am PDT
Facing energy shortages, the city of Tokyo, Japan, has been forced to cut down its energy usage, which is changing the bustling and brightly lit city's character.
National Public Radio
March 18, 2011, 5am PDT
In 2006, Kaohsiung City recorded a paltry 4.3 percent share for public transportation usage. In the years since, the Kaohsiung City government launched an ambitious plan to increase ridership in Taiwan’s second largest urban area.
TheCityFix.com
March 16, 2011, 11am PDT
In the wake of the disasters which devastated parts of Japan, Russell Nichols of <em>Governing</em> investigates the state of disaster preparedness in US cities and states.
Governing