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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 […]

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 […]

Urban Air Bases
Urban Air Bases

Every third or fourth day, military aircraft will rip back and forth over the skies of Fudan University, on manoeuvres, playing war games, training or perhaps just flying the flag to the students below. I can hear them right now and rationally, I am quite interested where they are basing from.  Airports and airfields are […]

Ebenezer Howard lives in Shanghai
Ebenezer Howard lives in Shanghai

…while Le Corbusier is rocking Lujiazui (Pudong) like it’s 1951. Well, maybe it is a stretch to claim that ole’ Ebenezer’s vision is appearing in Shanghai of all places, but there are some definite deliberate shades in Shanghai’s regional growth form and strategy.  I choose the word strategy over plan as apparently it is more […]

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition

This will have been my second time visiting this exhibition, the first being the summer of last year. I was expecting that with a year of planning studies behind me I would come at the exhibit from a different perspective.  What I liked about it… Preservation and emphasis placed upon physical modelling. Physical modelling could […]

Fudan University – Shanghai
Fudan University - Shanghai

Hmmm…so here I am back in the People’s Republic a little shy under a year after I made my big exit in 2008.  Unlike my previous sojourns, I’m basing out of Shanghai and I’m not working (yay) but nor am I pulling in a nice salary (booo).  I’m at Fudan University on exchange.  Actually, exchange […]

Skyscraper Fire
Skyscraper Fire

I’ve never seen, except in movies and the time that my building in SimTower caught on fire, a high-rise blaze. The hotel complex to the side of the main, two-legged leaning structure was engulfed in fire from top to bottom. The cause of the fire was not confirmed, but local residents said it had been […]

2009

First 2009 post and 308th post since 2004 when I started this blog.  Actually, I began blogging in 2003 at http://www.bryancrosby.ca (without the “-“) but lost that domain, and the 100 or so associated entries because of an amatuerish mistake regarding hosting payments…make sure credit card information is up-to-date or one might find their hosting […]

Sleepy?

I was referred to this by my friend who is currently working in Shanghai. Really. Funny….especially if you have spent time working, living or traveling in that country. Apparently there are over 700 photos of sleeping Chinese. I’m just using it as an excuse to get a lame post in.

Some websites

A colleague walks into my office yesterday and introduces me to tiny little site called Stuff White People Like – with the proviso that he isn’t going to be responsible for any procrastination or large amounts of time lost as a result of this introduction. I haven’t laughed that consistently since Tropic Thunder.  Probably my […]

The Harmonious City

I knew that this forum was taking place in my old stomping grounds of Nanjing, but if I didn’t know the location…well the forum title “Harmonious Urbanization” provides all the information one needs to determine that this conference is hosted on the Mainland. I’ve been sitting at my desk for the past twenty minutes trying […]

Stauffer Library

I was a bit of a library/book nerd when I was an undergrad (actually, probably ever since I became a library helper in grade 5).  Having such an occupation would involve numerous hours browsing around looking for interesting items in a university library.  That’s right…in a university library looking for non-fiction books to read that […]

Manufactured Landscapes II and the Nail House
Manufactured Landscapes II and the Nail House

Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) was at Queen’s this evening and presented a number of his photos and discussed his goals in seeking out and visually documenting the world’s industrial landscapes.  Unlike his documentary, he presentation didn’t focus on China and including more recent work in the Alberta Tar Sands…he also spoke quite a bit more […]

Delicous sodium-free campus culture events

Art baffles me and I won’t hold any pretensions regarding my understanding of the finer points of art including piece names and famous artists…so the fact that last night I found myself within the walls of the campus art-gallery is quite something.  In support of this odd happening you must know that I’m probably one […]

Getting back into the feeds – Blogs, Beijing, RSS

For the time being I’ve opted against purchasing Internet for my apartment largely because of the expense incurred for just one user and the fact that SURP has a very decent connection and wireless is available all over campus.  This means I can’t browse the headlines in the morning or in the evening (unless I’m […]

Balkans

Just wrapping up two quick days in Belgrade. My travels have rapidly devolved into the standard North American adventure in Europe – ie. blasting through as much as possible in the shortest possible amount of time. Busing tonight over to Kotor on the Montenegro coast and then back up to Sarajevo and then over to […]

Train 031 Vladivostok to Irkutsk July 22-25 2008

Traveling the Trans-Siberian Railway is really traveling the Trans-Siberian railway. Lots of traveling and not much doing. This fits rather fine with me since I fall into the category of a person who enjoys the traveling aspect of new countries. I enjoy seeing and doing things as well, but I can quite happily stare out […]

Japan 2008

“To lead a life surrounded solely by one’s favorite things, to make it more comfortable it such is your wishes, this is an article that best suites the purpose”. Water kettle scripture – Kyoko Ryokan, Kyoto, Japan I was going to lead into this entry with a post regarding the things I’ll remember most about […]

Last week in Nanjing

Life in the Big Red without a passport is like life without arms or legs – you are consistently denied service, forced into a helpless infant like position in which you must rely upon many others for otherwise simple and menial tasks. For the record…yes I do have numerous copies of my passport (which is […]

Travel Plans – Summer 2008

I reserved (although not yet purchased) a flight to Osaka from Shanghai Pudong for the 7th of July. So, barring a reservation issue I have ten days left in China with today my final day of work in the education field (for the foreseeable future, at least). I have developed a vague idea of what […]

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