Monthly Archives: January 2015

Reflecting on tragedy


It’s been just over 10 years since the 2004 tsunami destroyed much of the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, located in northern Sumatra, and killed 10s of thousands within the city limits alone. One place to reflect upon such an immense and catastrophic natural disaster is at the the Tsunami Museum in the city. Incorporated within the design is a refuge should the sea waters rise again.

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Signs of the times

Myanmar has undergone big changes in recent years. While some will argue over the amount of political space created and whether that has been sufficient, there is no doubting that commercial activity has picked up significantly—a trend very much evident in the larger cities. One sees a lot of billboards and other sign types advertising this and that product or service, like these shown here in Yangon. If such enticements come to dominate the roadways and buildings too much some may see them as a blight, but for now the advertisements offer insights into local aspirations and other concerns.

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