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Kaohsiung Builds but People May Need a Nudge Before They Come

Eryk Smith

Kaohsiung is constructing monuments to progress, but basic quality-of-life improvements are needed to make the city truly livable.

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OPINION: The World Has Much to Learn from Singapore

Singapore will have to navigate uncharted waters of an increasingly turbulent and uncertain world.


Thailand's Urban Planning: a Weapon against the Poor

Eli Elinoff

The downtrodden of Thailand's cities are being driven out of the city in the name of condos and infrastructure.


Cities of China: Exotic, Modern, Dynamic — But Never ‘Livable’?

Harry den Hartog

Western-centric metrics focusing on the lifestyles of a wealthy global elite ignore the real reasons why people love living in cities like Shanghai.


PHOTO STORY: The Neon Lights That Once Lit Up Taiwan

Olivia Yang

Walking down streets in Taiwan, LED lightboxes dominate one’s sight, especially at night. Yet this wasn’t the case until the 1980s. Before that, it was neon lights that drew in customers.


The Last Days of the Philippine Jeepney?

Michael Beltran

It is less a question of modernity and more about profiting from the plight of millions under the disguise of 'progress.'


Who Started the Manila Fires? (Part One)

Michael Beltran

'Someone wanted them to happen, someone stands to profit, and hardly anybody is talking about it.'


Postindustrial Masterpiece: Shanghai’s Power Station of Art

Andrea Baldini

The museum’s eclectic mix of old and new reveals an offbeat official approach to urban redevelopment.


How China’s ‘Mall Mania’ Destroys Local Communities

Harry den Hartog

Gleaming monuments to consumerism are sapping urban neighborhoods of their vitality.


Stubbornly Separate: A Symbol of Defiance in Singapore

Melvin Wah

The Potong Pasir estate has long looked, felt, and behaved differently from other parts of Singapore. Melvin Wah takes a look at the history of this unusual area and why it stands apart in Singaporean society and politics.

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