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Shanghai Spaces: Lower Suzhou Creek III

Looking across to the north bank from the isolated green boardwalk.  Those particular units have probably been there for over 100 years and are a good example of residential units that use to exist along the river.  Don’t get nostalgic tough, those units are really poor condition and probably should be torn down.  What they […]

Shanghai Spaces: Lower Suzhou Creek II

Looking across to the south side of from Si Hang Warehouse Suzhou Creek meanders itself through some newer condominium developments which could be a sign of items to come on the lesser developed north bank.  One must continually switch back and forth between the north and south banks in order to avoid both construction and […]

Shanghai Spaces: Lower Suzhou Creek I

With the amazing architecture of the Bund, the awesome skyline of Lu Jia Zuii and the Expo 2010 site, it is probably easy to say that Huangpu River exists as Shanghai’s predominant water body.  However, the Huangpu retains it’s industrial soul, Lu Jia Zui is a little too much image,  the Bund a little too […]

Getting a Indian Visa in Shanghai III

  Part of obtaining an Indian visa in Shanghai consists of navigating a series of flooded streets in a torrential downpour.  Only upon successfully completing this daunting challenge is an candidate considered worthy for the responsibilities of holding said visa. How is the Indian government expected to look out for their foreign guests if they […]

Shanghai Spaces: Wu Jiao Chang 五角场 – A classic Mainland commercial centre

There isn’t much happening around Fudan University.  I wouldn’t regard the place as quite the ‘sticks’ but its far enough out and it’s present poor urban rail connection makes is rather isolated from the rest of Shanghai.  Line 3 is walkable, but it’s not something one wants to do more than once a day…never if […]

Conversation with a North Korean

I was meaning to mention this awhile ago, but didn’t get around to it until now.  For the first month or so in Shanghai I was sharing a floor with four or five North Koreans. At first I wasn’t sure if they were North Koreans, but the presence of little North Korean flags taped to […]

Shanghai Spaces: Da Ning Life Hub

I first visiting Da Ning about a week ago and I was quite impressed with what I saw and noted that I needed to go back to take a closer look at what was going on there. It would be stretch to state that this is a fantastic space.  It’s somewhat isolated, and while it […]

Getting an Indian Visa in Shanghai II

The Guangdong Development Bank Tower at 555 Xu Jia Hui Road is a rather unassuming building. A typical, early 00’s 35+ floor Chinese modernist piece.  The stained white square tiled landscaping, the water/dust tarnished exterior stone material,  the marble encased entrance, the marble flooring, the bored security guards, the empty and abused floor space, the […]

The Canadian Pavilion – Expo 2010

I was expecting Douglas Fir, Cedar, stone, lots and lots of glass and a totem pole thrown in somewhere, which are usually the to-go-to materials for anything Canadian designed for an international audience. Very un-Canadian…which is probably why I kind of like it 🙂 I’m not sure what they are trying to do with this.  […]

Shanghai @ Night

Some shots I took tonight from the 24th floor of the Shanghai Foreign Students Residence. Cool Shanghai Shanghai Shadows Shanghai on Fire Hustle and possible bustle

Getting an Indian Visa in Shanghai Part I

I titled this part I because I am fairly certain that there are going to be subsequent entries.  Shades of gray from last years Russian visa experience. My morning email transaction. Hello, I’m a Canadian passport holder with a Chinese F-Category visa.  I would like to know if I qualify to apply for  an Indian […]

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?           […]

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.

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 […]

Russian Visa II

Leaving tonight bound for Shanghai fo a 9:15am appointment with the friendly neighbourhood Russkie consulate.   Fingers are crossed.

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