Archive for June, 2009
Shanghai From Yang Pu District

Taken from the Foreign Students Residence at Fudan University on a reasonable clear afternoon. Lujiazui – looking south from the top floor. Shanghai Financial Centre to the left, with the Jin Mao Tower to the right. Don’t forget the Pearl Tower.  Black photo, colour photo.  What does it really matter?           […]

How to melt one’s brain in 12 easy hours – A day at the China International Urban Planning Conference

Some topics of note: Perceptions of Shanghai – Politics of Built Form (Foreign interpretation regarding the rise of Shanghai…from hybrid city to…hybrid city). Urban Renewal Under Shenzhen’s Rapid Urbanization (a 30 year old modelcity undergoing urban renewal) Revitalizing Genes and Curing the Body – The Regeneration Road of Nanshi District in Yining City in Xinjiang […]

Land Use Change in Shanghai 1939 – 2009

1939 air photo of Puxi (west side of the Huangpu River) and Pudong (east side of the Huangpu River).  Click to enlarge. 2009 Google satellite image of approximately the same area.

Nanjing III – Xuan Wu Lake – 玄武湖
Nanjing III – Xuan Wu Lake - 玄武湖

The Greenland Plaza has now become a bit of a skyline marker in Nanjing and is visible from most of the important areas within the city.  I drop the GLP probably too often…but it is like my skyscraper baby – I watched the initial foundation excavation and was present for all the major moments in […]

Nanjing II – Nanjing University 南京大学
Nanjing II – Nanjing University 南京大学

Familiar spaces become very different after living in them them, then visiting them after a prolonged absence. Nanjing University campus is a good example.  I lived just a block away from this campus for several years and walked through it or nearby it on a regular basis, drank beer in on its street curbs and […]

What I did on June 4th
What I did on June 4th

I actually have a white shirt and seriously considered putting it on this morning, not because of the significance, but because it is one of the only clean shirts I have at the moment.  I had halfway buttoned up before I realized that it was June 4th and it might not be a good idea […]

Nanjing I – May 2009

When I initially wrote my ‘proposal’ for my program’s Fudan exchange, I prominently included Nanjing as a potential observational site.  This was chiefly because of my familiarity with the city, the area and a somewhat layman’s understanding of what the location was trying to achieve.  My goals for revisiting included a deeper exploration of some […]

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