Journal

Old School Paper Architecture

I recall seeing an exhibition of The Paper Architects Brodsky and Utkin, almost twenty years ago. There are several references to them in more recent times, out there on the web but nothing that refers to where they are now.  http://manigraph.com/archives/166 There was and still is something awe-inspiring in...

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Los Angeles Hutong

While a little narrower than your average Beijing hutong, this external ’laneway’ space of Frank Gherys Walt Disney Concert hall in downtown Los Angeles provided a great setting for some crazy Californian to strut his stuff.

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The Old Beijing #3 | Sanlitun

These photographs are from March 2006, when the regeneration of the Sanlitun precinct, Chaoyang District was in full swing. The Olympics were just around the corner and Bottega Veneta was on its way to China. Where these people once lived in the ’Old Beijing’ there are now hundreds of carparks below ground and...

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The Old Beijing #2 | Hutong

There has been a great deal recorded and lamented regarding the traditional hutong laneways of the ‘Old Beijing’ inside the Second Ring Road in Dongcheng District, but they never cease to amaze me. Not only a perfectly scaled urban connection device and setting for the daily life of Beijing, they also perform a...

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The Old Beijing #1 | San Yuan Li Markets

While much of Beijing is undergoing constant expansion and regeneration there are numerous precints and traditions that have remained the same. One of the most charming and energetic retail areas is the San Yuan Li markets on Shunyan Road in Chaoyang district. From sunrise through sunset the internal street market...

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