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[ News ] Posted on Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 03:39
Myanmars' cities may be growing, but they have a relatively long way to go to catch up with urbanisation rates in some nearby countries, according to the World Bank. The country’s urbanisation rates during the 2000 to 2010 period generally lagged its neighbours, likely due to the country’s economic isolation, according to the World Bank’s “East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:20
The year 2014 had been a quite good year for the real estate sector in terms of business sentiments. Though some policies have been announced in 2014, they’ll come to action only in 2015. Until 2014, the supply of office real estate was greater than the demand (by 4 – 10 million sq ft). But later in 2014 developers started to be very optimistic in improving their economic activities.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 15:46
Nowadays we are seeing an extraordinary growth in the office vacancy rate. According to a research made by a property consultant, Office space leasing has increased by 11% in the year 2014. This covers up to 30 million square feet in 7 major cities of India. The seven cities are Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Pune. The research report also says that, approximately... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:37
This week, Istanbul started the process of building the largest monorail network Europe has ever seen. Covering 47 kilometers (29 miles) and ultimately carrying 200,000 passengers a day, Turkey's largest city will one day have a total of eight monorail lines snaking across it, adding missing links to a still-developing transit system. But despite being one of the largest monorail systems yet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:07
A lot of careful planning has to go into every architectural design, from choosing the right materials for the job to deciding how to orient a building. As this infographic below shows, the wrong decisions can have devastating results: roofs can collapse, entire floors can cave in, or a shiny facade placed on the wrong side of a building can refract the sun and deep-fry visitors. Read on to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:57
The weekly number of new Ebola cases registered across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone rose in the last week of January, marking the first hike in 2015, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. "Weekly case incidence increased in all three countries for the first time this year," the UN health agency said. During the seven days leading up to February 1, 124 new cases were confirmed across... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:50
Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday, as the pilot, who died in the crash, was hailed a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting built-up areas. Hundreds of rescuers in boats, as well as divers and soldiers mounted the search in the chilly waters, as the death toll rose to 31 with more bodies located including those of the pilot... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:28
Bikes, cars and vans all have bells or horns to warn people of their presence. But until now, humans only had the sound of their own voice, which, to be honest, is often less than efficient in moving people out of your way. But now, finally, someone has invented a way to warn passerby of your presence in the shrillest way possible.  The Runbell (tagline: "run rings around people") was invented... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:19
In the southern Israeli city of Sderot, an acute shortage of affordable housing has been solved thanks to shipping containers. Christine Walsh reports for Jetson Green, a website about eco-friendly building design, that students — many with no prior construction experience — converted containers into multistory housing. The village was assembled by 1,000 students and other volunteers with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 22:30
Rescuers used a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital late today as they searched into the night for 17 people missing in a crash that killed at least 26 others. Flight 235 with 58 people aboard, most of them travellers from China, banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then... Read more