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The design proposal for the Armenian Street facelift is on display at the George Town World Heritage Inc office until today. Why do they have this itch to pave every open space with concrete, tar and tiling -...
Watch what happens when a visionary mayor, Jaime Lerner (now retired), sets about transforming the city of Curitiba, Brazil, into a model of sustainable development and urban planning. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRD3l3rlMpo?rel=0&w=600&h=450]
Another massive land reclamation project has received approval in principle from the Penang state government. This time it is Eastern and Oriental (E&O) Bhd's plan to reclaim an additional 740 acres in Tanjong Tokong under Phase 2 of the...
Gurney Drive, a major landmark in Penang, will be significantly changed with the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 project undertaken by E & O. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984 This morning I attended the public consultation attended by a few hundred people at the Straits...
A rifle club and a scouts' campsite are incompatible with the objectives of a real botanic garden, writes environmentalist Dr Leong Yueh Kwong. As a former scout myself, I have fond memories of camping (but never at the Botanic...
The news that a 138-metre tall tower dubbed 'Maha Tower' is being constructed in Langkawi has gone largely unnoticed. Why build such a huge structure to mar a natural paradise (or at least, what used to be a natural...
See how Singapore created a 153-acre naturalised park between the housing estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAGiu4RjC-w Blog visitor Don Anamalai, says: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is located between the heartland estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio in Singapore....
CPC Corp, the Taiwanese firm interested in building a RM35bn petrochemical complex in Pengerang, Johor, had wanted to push ahead with its project here reportedly because its facility in southern Taiwan would be shut down in 2015 following strong...
It was a concerted civil society postcard campaign around 1990 that pressured the state government to stop any development on Penang Hill. Plans for Penang Hill were first mooted in October 1989 and an MOU between the state...
We are so used to wishing prosperity to one another over the Lunar New Year, but maybe it is time to look more closely at what we mean by prosperity. One definition of being prosperous is to be successful...

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