Journal

Food | The New Beijing # 3 | Gung Ho!

Not quite architecture but definitely right up front in the New Beijing is Gung Ho Pizza! Founded by serial entrepreneurs John O’loghlen and Jade Gray (of the legendary Lush and Pyro Pizza) and based on their ‘style with substance’ philosophy GHP is making moves and breaking new ground on...

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The New Beijing #2 | Sanlitun

The Sanlitun precinct in Beijing was one of the first areas with bars and venues catering to westerners and dates back to the early eighties. In the lead up to the 2008 Olympics the western side of the main street was demolished almost entirely to make way for what...

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The Old Beijing #4 | Residential Towers

There are thousands of these residential towers around Beijing of varying size and age. While they look as though they are from the fifties, in fact a lot of them are as recent as the early-nineties. Many of them are almost identical so perhaps there are only several sets...

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Music | SPLIT JUE Festival | The Whitest Boy Alive | Patrick Watson

Thankfully the days of tours by the likes of Whitney Houston are long gone (although the Eagles did play here recently). We are now able stay up to date thanks to Nathaniel Davis and Archie Hamilton of SPLIT WORKS. Currently Nathaniel and Archie have their annual festival underway in both Shanghai and Beijing ....

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Smarter Than Cars | Are we Evolving?

In recent years the number of cars on the road in Beijing has reached truly epic levels, the volume of pollution has increased well beyond World Health Organization defined safe levels and I’ve had six bicycles stolen – but I’m still out there every day on a bicycle of some description.  I have four...

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Architecture + UD News | BIG TED

I have been looking at this website for nearly ten years now and its a great source of online news on architecture and urban design as reported in the mainstream media – without all the product literature and advertising or the need to sign up. http://archnewsnow.com/ The  Friday 18th March home...

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The New Beijing #1 | CCTV | OMA | Buro OS

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The Watercube by Chris Bosse | LAVA

In August 2011, three years will have passed since the Beijing Olympics in 2008. While the main stadium by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron often took centre stage, my favorite of the venues is the National Aquatics Centre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Bosse Subsequent to his work on The Watercube, Chris established...

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