South Asia

May 21, 2010, 11am PDT
Navi Mumbai was a planned community built in the 1960s to reduce congestion in the city. The design catered only to the rich, with a golf course and upscale residential development. With a mandate to get more diverse, Navi Mumbai is at a loss.
TheCityFix Mumbai
April 21, 2010, 10am PDT
With rapid population growth in Indian cities and a rise in private car ownership, it is critical to reassess the role of auto-rickshaws in the urban transportation landscape, say Akshay Mani and Amit Bhatt.
TheCityFix Mumbai
March 14, 2010, 5am PDT
By 2032, the Thai government plans to have high-speed rail connected every region of the country. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.The first line is planned to connect Bangkok and Rayong, to the southeast.
The Bangkok Post
March 3, 2010, 5am PST
The leading architect and urban planner from the Philippines is calling on the city of Manila to take stronger precautions in the face of earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 23, 2010, 2pm PST
As sea levels rise and flooding threatens the foundations on which the city was built, the Indonesian capital of Jakarta is literally sinking into the sea. Now the president is pushing a plan to find a new home for the country's capital.
Agence France Presse
February 2, 2010, 12pm PST
Pedestrians, street vendors, scooters and squatters all compete for space on the gridlocked sidewalks of Mumbai, where nearly 60% of the population travels by foot. Solution? 50 elevated walkways, or "skywalks."
TheCityFix.com
January 10, 2010, 7am PST
Private investors are claiming that they can build a $3 billion, 220-mile high speed rail system in Indonesia by the end of 2011. But the plan may be too ambitious to pull off -- or just not a good idea in the first place.
The Infrastructurist
November 7, 2009, 11am PST
Jakarta, Indonesia is the world's sixth most populated metropolitan area, and it's on track to move up in ranks within the next decade. Some planners are trying to figure out how to guide this developing megacity onto a sustainable path.
The City Fix
November 6, 2009, 5am PST
While a number of mega retail developers crashed and burned during the recession, some smaller developers have thrived.
Retail Traffic Magazine
September 2, 2009, 10am PDT
A new study from the Asian Development Bank predicts that 20 years from now, Asian cities will be responsible for more than half of the world's greenhouse gases.
Common Current
August 26, 2009, 1pm PDT
Dr. Ming Zhang of the University of Texas at Austin says that Asian cities, despite their density, have a lot to learn from Western transit-oriented development practices.
Reconnecting America
July 22, 2009, 7am PDT
A consortium of consultants has released an ambitious urban development plan for Hanoi City in Vietnam, including an extensive green corridor.
VietNamNet Bridge
March 13, 2009, 9am PDT
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at the human toll major building projects are taking on construction workers in China, Dubai and other rapidly developing places.
Next American City
December 27, 2008, 5am PST
This audio slideshow from <em>Financial Times</em> looks at the severe shortage of clean water in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and what some activists are trying to do to provide clean water for the dwellers of the city's illegal slums.
Financial Times
November 18, 2008, 11am PST
Researchers in Asia are warning that unless governments start to make their urban planning policies more bicycle-friendly, bikes could virtually disappear from the urban environment within a decade.
The Jakarta Post
June 21, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Rising sea levels caused by global climate change are predicted to swallow the country of Bangladesh by the end of the century.</p>
Belfast Telegraph
June 3, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Tackling urban infrastructure problems in Karachi, Pakistan, is an uphill battle for Mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal. With few services, continuing violence and a rising population, he has his work more than cut out for him.</p>
NPR
January 14, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Mumbai, Istanbul and other cities in the developing world are launching ambitious slum redevelopment plans that seem doomed to repeat the "urban inhumanity" of western postwar urban renewal projects.</p>
The Globe and Mail
December 27, 2007, 11am PST
<p>A Pakistani planner offers an urban planning wish list for the most urbanized country in South Asia.</p>
The International news
December 20, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Ho Chi Minh City is one of the loudest cities in the world. It's excessive noise is being targeted by the World Health Organization as a serious threat to physical and mental health.</p>
Thahn Nien