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474m, 100 Floors, 500 Posts

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And what better way to mark it than with an introduction to the skywalk in the Shanghai World Finance Center? While I had been there before, I had not had the chance to experience a death-defying encounter with a 474m drop, in the world’s highest […]

Kinmen Tales

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Kinmen 金門 2010

After six years, I finally made it to Kinmen (金門)!  Nikki and I decided to break for the border (well, almost) and book a long weekend away from Taipei; our first trip away together. Kinmen (pronounced ‘Jin-Men’), is a curious historical anomaly, situated as it […]

Shopping Taipei

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I really enjoy walking the back-streets of Taipei, away slightly from the main thoroughfares that sport Starbucks and MacDonalds and the rest.  In the back streets, you’ll find ‘single serving shops’, privately run and often staffed with the elder family members, seemingly set back about […]

Taipei Flora Expo Preparation

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Taipei Flower Expo Preparation

Even though China got the Olympics, I have to respect the effort that Taiwan put in to host the Deaflympics and World Games; no easy feat.  However, the fact that Shanghai is hosting the World Expo does not justify to me why Taiwan has to […]

Adaptable Architecture

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Adaptable Architecture

Taipei tries its best at erecting buildings that have some semblance of style, even if that style is generating a neo-Gothic Greek Revivalist Bali retreat.  But bless ‘em, the local residents get to work modifying, adapting and extending their properties with scant regard for the […]

Kenting 2010

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Kenting – summed up in a single photo! Though the departure was a little more hectic than I was originally envisioning, it was my pleasure to jump on the HSR down south and join Michael and Tanja for a weekend of summer sun in Kenting […]

Texas Neon

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The great thing about staying downtown in Austin is that I have a fantastic array of Americana on display … Key Drop Gringo Bingo Penis Hotel The Continental Club Allen’s Boots Parking Retro Truck School Buses

Pockets of Design # 1

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Favourite Local Buildings In my bid to pay a little more attention to my surroundings, I have decided to photograph and document some of the things that I like the most in my local area, but that I see regularly – maybe the most difficult […]

Taipei Mega Architecture

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Intersections. I live pretty much slap bang downtown in Taipei, and I am forever amazed at the scale of my local motorway at the end of the street. The thing is, they posted it up on stilts, so it really does the double trick of […]

Open-Source Architecture

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Open-Source Architecture in Taiwan I am sure I could find some earnest academics somewhere postulating about Architecture 2.0, or some such thing, but the fact is that it is happening here in Taiwan right before your eyes. Unlike in the West (see top layer of […]