Asia Briefing— Global


We report on an urban farming project at Osaka train station, the first verticle farm in Singapore and the sad fate of Cambodia's colonial and "new Khmer" buildings.

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, Green Building Index, Karachi, Panasonic

Farm favourite


Commuting and farming may sound like an incongruous mix. But the two activities are brought together in Osaka Station City, a new development at the city’s main train station.

Hovering on the roof above one of the nation’s busiest commuter stations is Tenku no Noen (Farm in the Sky), home to 1,500 sq m of vegetable patches and rice paddies. On the way home from work, commuters can swap their salaryman suit for gloves and wellies to tend their farm patches.

“The idea is that it is a sky-high farm where people can…


Serina Hijjas



Serina Hijjas is at the forefront of efforts to make Kuala Lumpur a more sustainable and attractive place to live, drafting a new Green Building Index.

What’s the Green Building Index for new developments about?
It covers six areas: climate, energy and water; ecology and the environment; community planning and design; transportation and connectivity; building and resources; and business and innovation. The idea is to make our new towns more liveable.

What kind of interest has there been from developers?
Some 178 developers have signed up so far. That’s partly because the government offers tax rebates for green spending.

How will Malaysians’ quality of life improve with these guidelines?
We are seeing a return to tropical houses with better thermal qualities, water harvesting and reduced water consumption. There are also more green spaces between buildings and within the community as a whole.


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