An all-girl team is building more public spaces in Yangon

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With construction sites squeezing out Yangon’s parks and playgrounds, a team of 15 young women are fighting back by creating their own girl-friendly public spaces. The teenagers aged 13 to 18 are working with urban design firm Doh Eain to design and build a park on the corner of Yankin road and Yan Naing street in Yankin township, with more … Read More

Saving an aesthetic legacy

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Yangon is a city with diverse cultural influences. Unlike neighboring countries, Yangon has retained many of its original heritage buildings. Motivated by greed and quick profit, developers have had their eyes on aged-old and weather-worn buildings in the new era. Over the past decade or so, heritage buildings have being replaced with towering condos and high-rise buildings that hold no … Read More

Singapore Festival captures the imagination, taste buds of revellers

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Although the very first weekend of December was packed with weekend bazaars, the third edition of the Singapore Festival held at Bogalayzay Street from November 30 to December 2 turned out to be a major hit, not only among foreign visitors but also fun-loving Yangonites. The Singapore Festival shut down Bogalayzay Street (between Merchant Road and Maharbandoola Road) for three … Read More

MM Times: Urban planners weigh in on Yangon street mess

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It has been two weeks since the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) was supposed to clear the city streets of obstructions and vendors to make them more pedestrian friendly. But reality gets in the way and tens of thousands of vendors remain on the streets plying their trade, dodging the YCDC enforcers in a game of cat and mouse the … Read More

China Daily: Yangon Restoration Reflects New Vision

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“By preserving a heritage building, we are not only saving the physical structure of a building, but also conserving a historical and cultural identity of a city, a social character of a neighborhood, and the sense of pride and ownership of a family. Moreover, historic buildings have an attraction for (the) thriving of small businesses and tourists — contributing to … Read More

MM Times: A small space to soothe the tired, weary spirits of city folk

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A group of children played on the swings in reckless abandon, unmindful of the  threatening monsoon clouds that have brought calamitous floods in some parts of the country. The kids …they were just happy romping around their new playground, which used to be one of the dingy, rat-infested, trash-filled back alleys in downtown Yangon. READ MORE [Featured Photo Credit to … Read More

Reuters: From Malaysia to Myanmar, social ventures build homes and safe spaces

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[Featured image – photo courtesy of Kerstin Duell] In Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, social venture Doh Eain – which means Our Home – is helping residents conserve older homes, as well as open up public spaces for women and girls. The company has restored about a dozen old colonial homes, which help families earn a higher income from rent, said … Read More

Frontier Myanmar: Solitude in the city: A new alleyway renovation project

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“I’m really happy to live on this street,” said Ma Lone Lone, whose house backs onto the alley. She said she had been proud to be involved in many aspects of the project’s development, including helping artists to paint the walls, as well as to clean the street. “It’s so much better than it was before. Then, there was rubbish … Read More

Voice of America: Preserving Public Space in Myanmar’s Former Capital

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Some private organizations are working with local authorities to try to open more public space in the city. These include Doh Eain, which was founded in 2017. Founder Emilie Röell said she established the organization after she noticed many of Yangon’s unique heritage buildings and public spaces were quickly having to make way for new construction projects. Röell said the … Read More

Mizzima (Burmese): ကိုလိုနီေခတ္အေဆာက္အဦမ်ားကို ဒို ့အိမ္ေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္းမွ ေရွးမူမပ်က္ ထိန္းသိမ္းေပးေန

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ရန္ကုန္ျမိဳ႕ရိွ ေရွးေဟာင္းကိုလိုနီေခတ္လက္ရာျဖစ္ေသာ၊ ႏွစ္တစ္ရာေက်ာ္သက္တမ္းရိွ ေနအိမ္အေဆာက္အဦေဟာင္းမ်ားကို ဒို႔အိမ္ေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္းမွ ေရွးမူမပ်က္ မူလလက္ရာအတိုင္း ျပန္လည္ျပဳျပင္ေပးေနေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။ “ေနအိမ္ရဲ႕ ေရွးမူမပ်က္ေအာင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းထားျပီး အင္တာေနရွင္နယ္အဆင့္မီ ျပန္လည္ျပဳျပင္ေဆာင္ရြက္ ေပးေနတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ၅ ႏွစ္စာခ်ဳပ္နဲ႔ ပိုက္ဆံစိုက္ထုတ္ျပီး ျပင္ေပးတာျဖစ္ျပီး ျပဳျပင္ေဆာက္လုပ္ေရးမွ ရတဲ့ အက်ဳိးအျမတ္တစ္ခုကို ေနာက္ေဖးလမ္းၾကားမ်ား ျပန္လည္ျပဳျပင္ျခင္းပေရာဂ်က္မ်ားတြင္ ပါ၀င္အသံုးျပဳေနတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္”ဟု ဒို႔အိမ္ေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္၏ ဗိသုကာပညာရွင္ ကိုထြန္းရဲေ၀က ဇြန္လ ၄ ရက္က ေျပာသည္။ သတင္းအျပည့္အစံု