Greetings from Saigon! I’ve been in Taiwan and Japan this month, and my trips to East Asia always induce infrastructure envy. Living in Ho Chi Minh City I look at places like Taiwan and Tokyo and wonder what urban planning and transport solutions can be applied here and throughout Southeast Asia.
Here are the pick of news items related to construction, urban design, and heritage in Asia.
Balanced development of secondary cities key to overcoming urban challenges – [Development Asia]
Chinese own more than 90% of Sihanoukville businesses, says report – [Phnom Penh Post]
Phay Siphan: Preah Sihanouk will become a second Singapore – [Phnom Penh Post]
Indonesia plans 7km sea bridge near Singapore – [The Star]
Penang gets nod to develop islands – [The Star]
New stations, line extensions planned for Singapore’s rail network – [Channel News Asia]
Third Bangkok airport proposed – [Bangkok Post]
City Hall to double fines for motorcyclists on sidewalks – [Khaosod English]
Thailand doubles down on biggest port as free trade hub – [Asia Nikkei]
Buyers of Thai paradise home told to pay again or go to jail – [Andrew Drummond]
HCMC to invest over $500 mln in electric buses – [VN Express]
Hanoi aims to plant nearly half a million trees this year – [Urbanist Hanoi]