Asia-Pacific

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
February 5, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Neglect, poor planning, and flawed city management are being blamed for the recent flooding in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta that has caused hundreds of thousands to evacuate.</p>
BBC
January 26, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Indonesia's private airplanes and trains are not subject to stringent regulation officials say. As a result, the government compromises safety.</p>
BBC World
January 15, 2007, 7am PST
<p>While they flourish in Asia, huge shopping malls are losing their popularity in the U.S. to big box retailers. One way developers are reacting is by recreating the formerly all-commercial shopping experience to include a mix of uses.</p>
MSNBC
January 12, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Given a history of environment problems, some wonder if the 2008 Olympics in Beijing will showcase the world's worst pollution as well as world-class athletes? A marathon runner dies as the City's pollution index hits 149 (100 is unhealthy).</p>
Knowledge@Wharton
January 10, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The restored Cheonggyecheon river, which once was reduced to a sewer capped by a six-lane highway, now serves as a focal point for urban recreation in the South Korean capital.</p>
Mail & Guardian Online