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Category Archives: Urban Design

Hong Kong’s Wong Chuk Hang: How Long Will it be the “Undiscovered Gem” of HK’s Creative Community?

Existing & Proposed MTR Stations, map by Wikimedia Wong Chuk Hang, one of the most hip “undiscovered” neighborhoods in Hong Kong, isView full post »

Tetris and the Challenge of Curbing Chinese Sprawl

While Chinese cities are growing at an unprecedented pace, much of this growth isn’t what most city planners would consider “smart” —View full post »

Are Chinese Subway Systems the New American Interstate?

Beijing Subway Map It is virtually impossible not to marvel at China’s new subway systems after spending some time in a city like BeijingView full post »

Hong Kong Protests & The Role of the City

View over Victoria Harbor towards Central- the center of the pro-democracy protests Hong Kong is an unlikely setting for massive politicalView full post »

Interview With Ole Bouman, Curator of the 2013 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

The “Value Factory”: Site of the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbansim/Architecture The 2013 Bi-City Biennale ofView full post »

Interview with Bianca Bosker, Author of New Book “Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China”

The widespread pirating of architectural motifs in China’s developing urban landscape is a well-documented phenomenon. From AlpineView full post »

An Experience in Contrasts: Redevelopment in Beijing’s Historic Qianmen Neighborhood

Before and After Photos of ‘Quanjude’, a famous Peking Duck Establishment in Qianmen Since 1864 It is a familiar narrativeView full post »

Lessard Design Wins Competition For Nanjing Technology Community

Lessard Design, an American architecture firm based out of the Washington D.C. area, recently shared with us some images of theirView full post »

Shenzhen Surging: Yabao Hi-Tech Park by 10 Design

Shenzhen, China’s experimental Special Economic Zone, is often derided for its lack of history and culture. This is in no small partView full post »

An Architect’s Guide to Working in China

A few months ago I read a piece from Bloomberg discussing Frank Gehry’s decision to ‘turn to Asia for architecture projects asView full post »

Guangzhou’s New Central Business District: Zhujiang New Town

Guangzhou’s New CBD (highlighted in red) sits north of the Pearl River and east of the Old City in what not long ago was agriculturalView full post »

Speculation: China’s Proposed Eco-Cities

A piece I wrote about China’s proposed eco-cities appeared recently in the  inaugural issue of Dwell Asia magazine. The articleView full post »