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Sustainable Urbanisation in Heritage Cities

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The 19th ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) will take place on 9-21 August 2015 in Pune, India. It will address the multifaceted and complex challenges stemming from rapid urbanisation, which is increasingly visible across both Asia and Europe. Cities are now home to more than 50% of the world’s population and face a plethora of issues such as social inequity, poor governance, underemployment, congestion and pollution. Heritage cities face an additional particular predicament: that of building synergies between economic development and heritage conservation to ensure sustainable urbanisation.

ASEFSU offers a solution-centred platform for exchange of ideas and practices while engaging in intercultural collaboration addressing urbanisation and protection of cultural heritage.

Over the past several years I’ve watched some cool animation films. I’ve selected some of them to share with you here! Of course, you’re welcome to suggest some other movies I should watch.

Big Hero 6 (2014)
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.

Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

The LEGO® Story
Probably one of the most inspiring story for those who aspire to build a long-lasting businesses (not just startups).

The Lorax (2012)
For those who love trees and green environment
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.

Up (2009)
To avoid being taken away to a nursing home, an old widower tries to fly his home to Paradise Falls, South America, along with a boy scout who accidentally lifted off with him.

Ponyo (2008)
“Gake no ue no Ponyo” (original title)
An adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

The Phnom Penh Post’s Weekend edition has an interesting piece on Airbnb: Hoteliers worried by rise in peer-to-peer rentals. Journalist Lara Dunston quoted prominent author Elizabeth Becker, Airbnb’s spokesperson, and a few other well-established businesses. This is a thought-provoking story for Cambodian citizens. The question is: will this disruption really help better Cambodia’s communities by creating more opportunities among the locals? Both Airbnb and Uber have been unstoppable the way they expand globally. I’d really like to see how the local media will cover this topic with reactions from more sources, including the government. A quick Google search suggests that you can ‘rent from people in Cambodia from $10/night.’

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William Zinsser, Author of ‘On Writing Well,’ Dies at 92

It became a book that editors and teachers encouraged writers to reread annually in the manner of another classic on the craft of writing, “The Elements of Style,” by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.

His advice was straightforward: Write clearly. Guard the message with your life. Avoid jargon and big words. Use active verbs. Make the reader think you enjoyed writing the piece.