$US 1 Billion needed for Investment in Dragon City

Real estate developer Phu Long Joint-Stock Company yesterday launched what is considered to be the largest project of any local property company, the 65-ha Dragon City in Sai Gon South.

Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said the project would include villa areas, various apartments, shopping and service buildings and office towers.

Viet Nam News.

Calcutta has Grand Plans for 7 urban hubs

Keeping the upcoming industrialisation and urbanisation in view, separate master plans will be prepared for seven upcoming industrial hubs and urban conglomerates.

The identified industrial hubs and urban centres are Paradip, Kalinga Nagar, Jharsuguda, Angul-Talcher, Puri, Berhampur and Sambalpur.

The Telegraph – Calcutta

Slums bursting at the seams

More than three hundred thousand people could be living in sub-human conditions in the slums by the end of the decade if the unplanned growth of the Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi continues, urban planners associated with private companies say. Various civic agencies of the twin cities would be largely responsible for this horrendous state of affairs. “Non-adherence to the sensible planning has already driven the twin cities to the brink of a breakdown, bringing the services and utilities under severe strain from more than 13 hundred thousand people (the current population of the twin cities),” a member of the Rawalpindi planning board says.

Islamabad News.

Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia has planted millions of trees to soak up an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases to be emitted during U.N.-led climate talks in Bali, Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said on Monday.

More than 10,000 politicians, officials, activists and journalists are expected to attend the December 3-14 talks on the tropical resort island. Delegates will discuss ways to widen a U.N.-led fight against global warming to all nations.

Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions | Environment | Reuters.

Seven win Designers of the Year awards

ARCHITECT Mok Wei Wei of W Architects has become synonymous with designing buildings that are sensitive to their surroundings.

Mr Ban Yinh Jheow is the founder of toy company Stikfas, a multi-million-dollar enterprise famed for its three-inch-tall plastic action figures.

Then there is Paris-based fashion designer Andrew Gn, arguably Singapore’s most successful fashion export whose designs are sold worldwide.

The three are among seven who were crowned Designers of the Year at this year’s President’s Design Award.

The others are landscape architecture firm Cicada’s Casey Gan and Lim Swe Ting, advertising director Lim Sau Hoong of 10AM Communications, artist Eng Siak Loy and graphic design firm :phunk studio comprising Jackson Tan, Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee and William Chan.

The award, now in its second year, recognises Singapore designers who develop unique and iconic products that make an impact on the international design scene. more at Strait Times

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