Asia-Pacific

October 11, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Rapid building and public works projects are destroying much of the natural environment in Japan, a country that lays 25 to 30 times more concrete than the U.S.</p>
NPR
October 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A $7 billion new town is being planned in Vietnam, across the Red River from capital city Hanoi. And though the creation of thousands of new houses is welcomed, many are concerned about development along the sensitive riverfront.</p>
VietNamNet Bridge
September 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Japan's population is aging, and could drop by more than one-quarter of its size within 50 years. Many are calling on the government to plan for the diminishing population, and for how it will affect many of the country's cities and suburbs.</p>
The Washington Post
September 10, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Japan's leech invasion may be an unintended consequence of successful reforestation efforts combined with rural population declines.</p>
Salon
August 3, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In New Zealand, its not so much people, but methane-producing livestock that's the problem. A revived government proposal would tax farmers for their animal's gas emissions.</p>
Stuff.co.nz
July 27, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>The landfill on the island of Pulau Semakau is designed to store the waste from the city-state of Singapore while preserving the ecological health of the surrounding environment.</p>
CNN
June 6, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Tokyo is rapidly developing -- and redeveloping. One of the unique characteristics about the city is the temporal nature of its buildings and spaces, which are often replaced after very short lives with new visions of the city's future.</p>
Wired
May 21, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Birth rates have been steadily declining in many Asian countries -- a trend some are attributing partly to rapid industrialization and urbanization.</p>
International Herald Tribune
May 12, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The governments of North and South Korea have agreed on plans to create a cross-border train route -- the first such rail crossing in more than 50 years.</p>
BBC
May 8, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>An agreement between 21 nations has banned the highly destructive commercial fishing practice known as bottom trawling in the South Pacific seas, which accounts for more than one-quarter of the world's oceans.</p>
BBC
May 4, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>The Malaysian government is hoping its new mega-plans for an expansive 21st Century economic hub will bring more action to the country, where other big projects have not lived up to their economic potential.</p>
International Herald Tribune
April 16, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>This report looks at the new Tokyo Midtown mega-development, which the author suggests will become the new standard for mixed use.</p>
International Herald Tribune
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