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Japan pushing hard to land HSR project
Japan is reportedly pulling out all the stops to land the lucrative Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) deal, and is now using diplomatic muscle to ensure it has a seat at the table. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the recent lapse in the Bandar Malaysia deal involving... Read more
I-Bhd to achieve new peaks at I-City
The I-City endeavour in Shah Alam has, at times, been criticised for moving at snail’s pace with regard to achieving  its overall development vision, but lately it looks to be picking up the pace. The most recent indication of this has been developer I-Bhd’s announcement of plans to launch... Read more
Sabah wants “quake proof” buildings
The East Malaysian state of Sabah will soon require all new buildings to be built on quake proof standards, says the local government. Sabah is said to be finalising a building code that will require new constructions to adhere to strict regulations in the future, following recent seismic activity... Read more
China building massive city south of Beijing
Those who follow China’s progress know that once an idea is mooted by the government there is very little stopping it from becoming a reality – no matter how large or small the endeavour may seem. Well this is big, very big. China has recently decided to build a... Read more
Self-healing concrete no longer science fiction
BY Zoe Phoon This may sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but trust us when we tell you that self-healing concrete is not only a reality, it is expected to hit the market by this year. Concrete is the world’s most-used building material. However, cement production creates... Read more
BNM paints bleak picture for affordable housing
Malaysia’s central bank has consistently warned the development and construction industry about its ongoing misplaced focus and the lack of supply in the affordable housing category. For example, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had previously criticised the incoming supply of residential properties as being “severely unaffordable” when compared against the... Read more
Luxury sky homes ideal for art collectors
    BY Zoe Phoon Living with works of art and visiting them in an art museum are poles apart. The former refers to art collectors who choose to live with their treasures. Therefore, an architect or interior designer has to not only celebrate and guard the artwork but... Read more
Moscow project could be new prototype for cities
Renowned architect firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, whose prominent works include Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers, has been tapped to design a new high-rise complex in the Russian capital, adjacent to the new business district of Moscow City. The project will be the first urban plan in the capital to... Read more
Sunway unveils first pre-fab luxury home
Sunway Property, the property arm of Sunway Bhd, completed the country’s first luxurious pre-fabricated home, Sakura Residence in Sunway Iskandar, Johor Bahru. The project, a joint venture with Daiwa House Malaysia Sdn Bhd, is located within Sunway Iskandar’s Parkview Precinct and will be a private gated community with a... Read more
Asia Pacific realty softens, China bucks trend
Commercial real estate investment in Asia Pacific has seen a general slowdown across the region but appetite for mainland Chinese real estate remains robust, South China Morning Post reported, quoting analysts. Completed sales of properties in the region, excluding development sites, totalled US$30.4 billion (RM129.27 billion) in the third... Read more