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25 Jun China Redux – Local Food

I am back in China with the graduate students studying urban design.  On our visit to the Great Wall we found a side of the road little restaurant in.  Initially unremarkable, the place slowly revealed its treasures.  Yes, the ponds had fish and yes that is what...

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10 Aug Magic Places

  [caption id="attachment_675" align="alignleft" width="392"] Ink painting showing Huangshan by painter Shitao circa 1670[/caption] Existing in an Chinese painting is an interesting experience especially when joined by thousands of others.  The mountains in Anhui Province are legendary: Huangshan or Yellow Mountain is an iconic place...

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05 Aug City Biking

(Steve and Michael, this one is for you) [caption id="attachment_651" align="alignleft" width="310"] Cool White Bike[/caption] I borrowed a bike in Nanjing to more easily get around and better understand the culture of bicycling that is so pervasive in China. The bike was the extremely typical and functional...

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01 Jul Density … Experience

[caption id="attachment_633" align="alignleft" width="283"] alleys by experience not design[/caption] The density of experience in my 5 minute commute from the apartment to campus is astonishing.   The intense use of space, the selling of everything from great fruit to food to bicycle repair to food to Chinese...

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23 Jun Just Shanghai

  [caption id="attachment_617" align="alignleft" width="590"] old and new mashup[/caption] An exhausting and exciting week of tromping through the city with my 13 urban design, architecture, and landscape students. The theme was to explore and discover the meaning of authentiCITY  (the caps borrowed from one of the students!)...

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07 May Density!!!

There are limits to density. But a compelling image of the human capacity to live and adapt (to) their environment. Amazing pictures by Greg Girard. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139914/A-rare-insight-Kowloon-Walled-City.html [caption id="attachment_530" align="alignleft" width="150"] Kowloon City[/caption] It is also strikingly similar to Shibam: the Manhattan of the desert, an incredible vernacular city...

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03 Apr Ten Thousand Words

It is said that a picture is worth a 1000 words.  Here are 10 from this Chinese Journey.   [caption id="attachment_398" align="alignright" width="300"] The Model City[/caption] [caption id="attachment_388" align="alignright" width="178"] Rooftop Urban Agriculture - Shanghai[/caption] [caption id="attachment_385" align="alignleft" width="200"] Romantic Laundry[/caption] [caption id="attachment_384" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sunken Garden[/caption] [caption id="attachment_382" align="alignleft" width="300"]...

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16 Mar BEING THERE

  I am not sure of the music that this airport invokes (see previous post), but Beijing's new airport certain has a quality of ambition (power), vastness, impersonal beauty, and remoteness.  The sheer size and and its well designed elements provokes respect - Foster and Partners...

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