The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 18 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Seeking solutions for housing shortages in Myanmar

If Yangon’s population continues to grow at the current rate of 1.15 million people a year, the number of people living in the city by 2017 will be double what it is now.


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Property markets sluggish in Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin

The year 2012 will be recorded as a sluggish one for property agents in Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin, local property agents said. With just two months left of 2012, there is still no sign of positive change in a market that fell into a slump since the beginning of the year.

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Nay Pyi Taw's property market set to rise in 2013

Nay Pyi Taw’s property market slowed in 2012 but development projects are likely to increase with Myanmar hosting the South East Asia Games in December 2013, said local estate agents.

 

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Inner city life: pros and cons of apartment lifestyle

Apartment blocks stand against Yangon’s skyline like cigarette packets of uneven lengths. As more and more complexes are built to save precious space and multiply rent revenues, an increasing number of people are adjusting to life in an apartment, whether it be out of financial necessity or opting for the certain conveniences it brings.

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Grand designs by Spine Architects

Stephen Zawmoe Shwe and Amelie Chai create a style of architecture that turns even the most world-weary of heads.


 

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Putting Bagan on the World Heritage map

Few can deny Bagan’s breathtaking beauty. The ancient city was described by National Geographic as “one of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological heritage sites”, while Japan’s permanent delegation to UNESCO describes it as one of Asia’s “major historical landmarks”.

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High risk, low return: life as a construction worker

Scaffolding and blue tarpaulin cover the entire front wall of a nine-storey building in Yangon’s central south, where shirtless construction workers shout and laugh while they work. Some wear hats to shield themselves from the sun: their flimsy cotton trousers have holes and are smeared with paint and cement.

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