Asia-Pacific

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
January 6, 2007, 5am PST
<p>After several long delays, Taiwan's new Shinkansen bullet train begins commercial service, linking the island's two major cities.</p>
Associated Press via Forbes
January 5, 2007, 9am PST
<p>At over 4 million square feet, Manila's new mega-mall is part commercial palace and social square.</p>
PopMatters
December 21, 2006, 11am PST
<p>A new report has been released in Japan that projects a sharp drop in the country's population over the next 50 years. The report predicts that a declining birth rate will cause a decrease of more than 30% by 2055.</p>
BBC
November 25, 2006, 7am PST
<p>New urban development in the former Saigon reflects the city's booming economy and ambition, but some look at other fast-moving Asian cities and worry about the consequences of such rapid growth.</p>
International Herald Tribune
November 21, 2006, 12pm PST
<p>An automobile tour through Bangkok explores the city that epitomizes urban decentralization in Asia.</p>
Urban Tours by Rental Car
November 21, 2006, 7am PST
<p>As its population declines and homes are taking up more space, home designers in Japan are looking to the self-sufficient designs of space stations to guide the development of environmentally sustainable homes.</p>
BBC
November 12, 2006, 9am PST
<p>An agreement has been reached between 18 countries to move forward on a long-sought plan to connect railways between Singapore and Turkey, creating a vast network expected to boost the economies of currently remote areas.</p>
Armenia Liberty
November 11, 2006, 7am PST
<p>The Tokyo suburb of Kakamura has shown great appeal to expatriates because of its availability of space and proximity to scenic natural resources -- attributes that sharply contrast the dense and bustling big city one hour away.</p>
International Herald Tribune
November 8, 2006, 11am PST
<p>The five newly approved underground and elevated rail transit projects are aimed at easing the notoriously congested traffic of Thailand's capital.</p>
International Herald Tribune
October 24, 2006, 5am PDT
<p>The South Korean government has announced plans to create at least one new town and to increase the size of older cities, hoping to decrease the population density and increase the housing supply.</p>
The Dong-A Ilbo
October 23, 2006, 6am PDT
<p>The city is preserving its historic neighborhoods while adapting buildings for economically productive uses.</p>
Canoe.ca
October 19, 2006, 10am PDT
<p>As Asia ascends, we can learn a lot from how they preserve their past and celebrate the historic urban form.</p>
The Next American City
October 5, 2006, 1pm PDT
Osaka, Shanghai, and Tokyo are considered top Asia Pacific cities in terms of real estate investment and development prospects, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2007, just published by the Urban Land Institute.
Urban Land Institute
September 28, 2006, 1pm PDT
The new Thai military junta is freezing big box stores expansion programs in an effort to protect the remaining small stores.
Inquirer (Philippines)
September 17, 2006, 1pm PDT
While carbon dioxide has received the most attention as the primary greenhouse gas, methane, while less prevalent, is far more powerful in its ability to retain heat. The melting permafrost in Siberia represents a major source of methane emissions.
AP via USA TODAY
September 12, 2006, 6am PDT
As a new international port sets to open in 2010, a nearby rural area in South Korea is being scouted to be the nation's next major metropolis.
International Herald Tribune
August 21, 2006, 11am PDT
Rapid economic expansion has created rampant pollution in China, and officials are determined to clean it up in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Reuters via The New York Times