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How walkable is your city? London, Hong Kong put pedestrians first

October 15, 2020 8:16 AM

BANGKOK (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - Urban planners and local authorities must improve walkability in cities to tackle poor health and social inequality, researchers said on Thursday (Oct 15), after the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of being able to walk easily and safely.

Plants overrun China's housing project, turning it into mosquito-infested jungle instead of promised eco-paradise

September 15, 2020 11:38 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a "vertical forest", with manicured gardens on every balcony.

Indonesia's new capital city project in East Kalimantan put on hold amid Covid-19 pandemic

September 10, 2020 10:56 AM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The government has postponed the plan to construct Indonesia's new capital city in East Kalimantan as the country switched its priorities to mitigating the coronavirus pandemic, an official has said.

Tencent's 'smart city' seen as model for post-coronavirus China

June 24, 2020 4:57 PM

BANGKOK (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - Chinese tech giant Tencent is creating a "smart city" that utilises technology to put people and the environment first, a model that could be applied to other urban developments after the coronavirus, the project's architect said on Wednesday (June 24).

Ho Chi Minh City faces rising risk of flood disasters

May 18, 2020 5:00 AM

HO CHI MINH CITY • Vietnam's biggest metropolis Ho Chi Minh City faces an increasing risk of flood disasters, given its rapid infrastructure expansion driven by economic growth, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute.

Changes in China's hukou policies to enable easier flow of people, not to benefit property speculators: Top economic planner

May 07, 2019 1:06 PM

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China's efforts to reduce the barriers for hukou - or household registration - will encourage the free flow of people in the country, and should not be construed as attempts to ease curbs on the real estate sector, the country's top economic regulator said.

Jokowi's call for new capital sparks lively response on Facebook

May 01, 2019 5:00 AM

President Joko Widodo's social media post calling for public views on his plan to relocate Indonesia's capital away from Java island drew more than 25,000 comments on Facebook within an hour yesterday.

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