An LED take on the chandelier

February 22nd, 2012

One of the courts at Dubai Mall has anamazing chandelier that was designed by my friend Danny Barnycz in Baltimore. You may be familiar with his work on the spitting fountains in Chicago’s Millenium Park. This piece is not just the chandelier but also the ground plane with a riser that brings cars and other [...]

The magnificent Burj Khalifa

February 21st, 2012

Being at the base of the Burj Kahlifa at night is like being in a city in the future. In fact, it’s modern-day Dubai, UAE. Standing beneath it, one does not see the emptyness of the barren desert nor the half-finished towers surrounding the burj, only its immediate surroundings. The landscape designed by swa group [...]

Looking toward Hong Kong

January 23rd, 2012

We arrived late at night in Shenzhen’s Yantian area, which is along the beach facing Kowloon (Hong Kong’s “new territories”). This is where our client has its headquarters (Vanke Center). Looking out from our hotel in this resort area were several huge colorful dancing figures placed on the beach with Hong Kong in the background. [...]

Great clients make it all worth it

January 20th, 2012

Despite how exhausting it becomes, I enjoy traveling to China. I visited seven times this year, and am now finishing my first trip of 2012. Our clients there continue to give us incredible opportunities for which we are extremely grateful. (See one of our completed projects–Fish in the Garden in Guangzhou–here.) I’ve enjoyed spending time [...]

Culinary Adventures

January 19th, 2012

I’m not one to take pictures of my meals, but, after several sittings during which the food didn’t end up treating me well, I have to share this impressive meal I had with some colleagues in Shanghai. The tofu topped with scallops and a bit of sauce was beautiful and quite yummy. Dessert was carefully [...]

Hints of Bohemia in China

January 18th, 2012

Outside Hong Kong, Shanghai is arguably the center of Western culture in China. You can see in these shots that Bohemia has finally made its way over the Great Wall, both in the eclectic Western styles of the shops and the disarray of the surrounding neighborhood.

Magnificent Shanghai Bund

January 17th, 2012

The Bund area of Shanghai is my absolute favorite. It lies along the river, occupying the land formerly reserved for foreign customs houses and other European missions. Historically, however, it was primarily British. A modern Peninsula Hotel was built a few years ago, yet it has a sophisticated art deco look. The canopies are well [...]

Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim

November 8th, 2011

Maurizio Cattelan’s exihbit at the Guggenheim was an amazing hanging exhibit in the atrium. It is the first time that his work is shown together: Pope John Paul II struck by a meteorite, a hanging donkey, Hitler as a child kneeling, and other commentaries on the current state of affairs. Many of them are images [...]

The new World Trade Center memorial

November 7th, 2011

I traveled last weekend to New York, where I went to see the World Trade Center Memorial. The WTC memorial is well done and very powerful. Michael Arad, a graduate of the Georgia Tech’s architecture program, along with Peer Talker, have done a great job designing the landscape, which is very supportive of the emptiness [...]

A would-be masterpiece in Guangzhou falls short

July 7th, 2011

Like Atlanta for the 1996 Centennial Olympics, Guangzhou aimed to to show its progressive face to the rest of the world during last year’s Asian Games in the city. Guangzhou hired Zaha Hadid to dream and actually build one of her architectural impossibilities. Just as Corbusier and Wright designed buildings before their time and before [...]