New Urban Agenda

The Asian Development Bank Institute explains the New Urban Agenda and the options for housing as more people move into cities By Matthias Helble Already more than half of the world population lives in urban areas and the trend to move to cities is expected to continue, until by 2050, the United Nations expects that … Continue reading New Urban Agenda

The Future of Agriculture – URBAN SKY-FARM

Source: APRILLI Seoul, Korea Vertical Farm, Agricultural Center Winner, Concept Category @ Green Dot Design Award 2013 Second Prize, Urban Concept Category @ Rethinking the Future 2014 Special Mention @ WT Smart City Award 2014 Finalist, Place by Design @ SXSW Eco Awards 2014   The Urban Skyfarm is a vertical farm design proposal for a site located in … Continue reading The Future of Agriculture – URBAN SKY-FARM

Little Singapore in Johor Bahru

So what makes a Little Singapore? Like all Little (something) places, it’s an extension of the society from which these people have come from, where many people from that country are found.  Perhaps one of the few Little Singapores is found around JB. Specifically City Square Mall in JB.

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The Heartlander Tourist

I’ve written about Little Manila, Little Thailand, Little Burma, Little India, Little Vietnam, Little China scattered throughout Singapore. Let’s flip things around and write about Little Singapore instead.

There are individual days in some major global cities when the Overseas Singaporean Unit brings the Singapore Day to town and Singaporeans from all over (sometimes a whole country/continent) congregate. But those are temporary events slated for a single day.

So what makes a Little Singapore? Like all Little (something) places, it’s an extension of the society from which these people have come from, where many people from that country are found.  Perhaps one of the few Little Singapores is found around JB. Specifically City Square Mall in JB.

JB City Square Mall 1Even then, this Little Singapore is one because of proximity. I don’t think many Singaporeans go to JB to meet other Singaporeans, there’s 2.5 million Singaporeans a 5…

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Why a City’s “Walkability” Matters

On an afternoon stroll through the cobblestone streets of Florence, Italy, you might stumble into a nearby market and pick up some fresh produce for dinner. Maybe you’d even pop into a local boutique to try on the latest designs, and perhaps you’d end the afternoon with a cup of gelato and a visit to the Piazza della … Continue reading Why a City’s “Walkability” Matters

Here’s What LGBT Life In The Middle East Is Really Like

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There’s a powerful scene in the film “Oriented,” where the protagonist, Khader Abu Seir rides his bike through the small Arab port town of Jaffa, smiling, sailing past the open air cafes into the night.

Watching his fluid movement through the streets, freedom is the first word that comes to mind. Yet the message of freedom is not typically what the West associates with being gay and Arab. But “Oriented,” released on iTunes to coincide with this summer’s Pride celebrations, is not your typical take on the Arab world.The brainchild of Jewish director Jake Witzenfeld, Oriented offers a candid view of LGBT life in the Middle East. READ FULL

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