Free Plastic Bag ban comes into force in China

June 1, 2008,AEDT

Today is the first day of the ban on retailers supplying plastic bags to customers. Numerousretailers have started charging customers between 0.3 to 0.5 yuan per bag and supplying the alternative of heshian or material bags for shopping. The law has come into effect to try and reduce the the direct pollution of | Read More

$30m for Punggol Waterfront Town

May 23, 2008,AEDT

THE Government will spend about $30 million to develop key features of the new Punggol Waterfront Town..Most of that amount will go towards the man-made, 4.2-km Punggol Waterway, which will be constructed next year — $25 million will be spent on landscape and architectural development, not including infrastructure costs such | Read More

NEW BOOK – The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution

May 18, 2008,AEDT

The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press. The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving | Read More

Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

May 18, 2008,AEDT

N LAS PIÑAS CITY, VACANT LOTS RANGING in size from a few hundred square meters to several hectares are slowly being turned into productive parcels of land where the poor are taught to become self-sufficient. Since 1995, the city government, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and | Read More

Premier leads delegation of green firms to Asia

May 18, 2008,AEDT

Premier Gordon Campbell will board a plane bound for South Korea this morning, leading an Asian trade mission comprising British Columbia’s largest-ever delegation of green businesses. The group of about 30 clean technology and green design companies will be in Seoul and Suwon in South Korea until Wednesday, and then | Read More

Cityscape China 2008 featuring world renowned real estate projects

May 14, 2008,AEDT

Shanghai and Singapore (ANTARA News/PRNewswire-AsiaNet) – Aside from featuring world-wide real estate developers from more than 15 countries, Cityscape China 2008 — the renowned international real estate investment and development event — will showcase numerous high profile projects including those of US-based MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM), UAE’s ETA Star Property, | Read More

Shrinking public spaces in cities

May 12, 2008,AEDT

MANY INDIAN cities do not have public spaces worth their names. Most of the open grounds in urban areas have been converted into stadiums, corporate blocks etc. Space should be such where citizens can gather for conviviality without being bothered by honking of horns. It is a distressing reality of | Read More

Infrastructure to be top priority, says DPM – Malaysia

May 9, 2008,AEDT

Although the country’s infrastructure is already top class, infrastructure development will continue to be a priority in the government’s agenda of nation building, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “It is the Government’s responsibility to prepare the necessary infrastructure to be a catalyst for greater development, without | Read More

Time to stop building cities without souls – China Daily

May 9, 2008,AEDT

At his first sight of Las Vegas, a Chinese student of community participation in urban development remarked, “I feel as if I am back in Beijing’s second ring road!” Indeed, the shadow of the American casino capital looms large over Beijing and many other Chinese cities, which vie with one | Read More

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