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2018/05/24 | Eryk Smith

Kaohsiung Builds but People May Need a Nudge Before They Come

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

2018/01/05 | Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada

OPINION: The World Has Much to Learn from Singapore

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

2017/12/16 | Eli Elinoff

Thailand's Urban Planning: a Weapon against the Poor

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

2017/10/03 | Harry den Hartog

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

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

2017/03/24 | Olivia Yang

PHOTO STORY: The Neon Lights That Once Lit Up Taiwan

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.

2017/03/03 | Michael Beltran

The Last Days of the Philippine Jeepney?

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

2017/02/22 | Michael Beltran

Who Started the Manila Fires? (Part One)

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

2017/02/20 | Andrea Baldini

Postindustrial Masterpiece: Shanghai’s Power Station of Art

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

2016/12/23 | Harry den Hartog

How China’s ‘Mall Mania’ Destroys Local Communities

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

2016/12/15 | Melvin Wah

Stubbornly Separate: A Symbol of Defiance in Singapore

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.

2016/08/05 | ZiQing Low

Urban Development Threatens Kaohsiung's Oldest Aboriginal Community

What is home if the people are no more, a member of Taiwan’s Indigenous Youth Front asks?