The international competition theme this year, "Forward: A Sustainable Future", posed a unique challenge to its participants to showcase designs immersed with functional and social sustainability elements. In an effort to break the boundaries of current design concepts, Nippon Paint and AYDA aims to nurture the next generations of architects and interior designers to conceptualise more sustainable designs in their projects that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and eventually improve quality of life. The winning design by Greta Elsa Nurtjahja from Indonesia embodied the theme with "Rumah Kopi" while Lin Honghan from China complimented the theme well with his design, "Sweet Dream in the Garden" where he incorporated traditional culture with modern design concepts. … [Read more...] about Nippon Paint Reveals the Winners of the Asia Young Designer Awards 2019/20
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Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic. Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade. Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. Somali -- who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital -- started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago. Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat. The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril
“However, depending on the living environment, the ‘maturity level’ of a person will be different from others’,” she said. “Parents considering me a kid, honestly, makes me feel uncomfortable, but I know that’s because they love me.” … [Read more...] about 18-year-olds in Vietnam – P1: Are they still kids to parents?