Certain architecture can help cool down your house in Ho Chi Minh City's scorching weather without, or less, turning on power-consuming air-conditioners. Certain architecture can help cool down your house in Ho Chi Minh City's scorching weather without, or less, turning on power-consuming air-conditioners. According to French architect Charles Gallavardin, natural ventilation and sun protection are among the major features of bioclimatic architecture, a type of architecture which can help to significantly reduce the need for air-conditioners. This architect's designs are based on studying the effects of climatic conditions on people, such as orienting homes in the direction of the main wind, blocking sun to prevent heat, and manipulating moisture. "The more people use air-conditioning, the more the climate becomes hot and the more they need air-conditioning," Gallavardin told Tuoi Tre News. One of his outstanding works, featured on CNN earlier this year, is the Lo Gom Condominium … [Read more...] about How to cool down your house in scorching Saigon without aircon?
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(VEN) - The second World Cities Summit, WCS 2010, took place from June 28 to July 1, 2010, in Singapore. About 1,200 delegates, including the leaders and high-ranking officials from many countries attended. They shared ideas and discussed solutions to build 'Livable and Sustainable Cities for the Future'. Edmin Seah, the chairman of WCS 2010, told the media that he hoped the event would provide an opportunity for leaders to share experiences in order to build a green planet in the 21st century. Urban migration A common tendency globally has been for populations to migrate from the countryside to urban areas. The latest statistics announced by the United Nations (UN) at WCS 2010 show that in recent years the urbanization rate has increased continuously with the number of residents in urban areas growing from 220 million in the early years of the 20th century to 2.8 billion in the late 20th century. This number reached 3.3 billion in 2007 and continues to increase now. It is … [Read more...] about Sharing Experience To Build a Green Planet
VinaCapital chief executive officer Don Lam recently received the Labour Order 3rd Class from Vietnam's president for contributing to Vietnam's economic development. VIR's Duong Kieu talks to Lam about how he together with the VinaCapital team has grown the firm, promoted Vietnam's capital markets, helped build a better investment environment in Vietnam and contributed to Vietnam development. You have been granted one of the government's most notable orders as the acknowledgment for your contributions to the development of Vietnam's economy. How do you feel? I think my contributions to Vietnam have followed the development of VinaCapital Group. One of the most considerable contributions is that VinaCapital has been a leading commercial ambassador for Vietnam, by promoting trade and investment in Vietnam with partners around the world. Our Investor Conference last October brought almost 100 shareholders to Vietnam, over the course of 2010, VinaCapital also attended … [Read more...] about A shining light in nation’s growth
Hoi An is a beautiful town in Central Vietnam. Since it was recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999, it has become a major tourist destination for individual travelers and tour groups from all over the world. When tourism started around 1993 there were only some handful basic hotels, one clothes shop in Le Loi Street and a few restaurants which were catering for locals and tourists. So far so good! After 1999, tourism has grown enormously. Hotels were built, streets were paved, the grit was extended and there were more clothes, souvenir shops and restaurants opening up their doors. However, the number of tourists was still in balance with the size of the town and the 'mood' of the residents. Most of people used bicycles, motorbike and cars were still rare. Nowadays, tourists seem to be more than locals. Some families make a fortune while some still can't earn a dollar a day. Local youth started to see how foreigners spend and they want to do the same. What is the cause? … [Read more...] about Hoi An tourism, a growing pain
Outlook (21-04-2006) Looking at immigration in a new light by Mai Hien Developed countries have greeted globalisation by calling on developing countries to open up their markets, but they refuse to open up their own labour markets. According to the latest UN statistics, the number of international immigrants now count almost 200 million, more than double the 84 million of 30 years ago. Sixty per cent of them live in developed countries and 20 per cent in the United States – home to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. … [Read more...] about Looking at immigration in a new light