Posted on January 11, 2017 by Toothpicker
'Hope' sculpture in New York City was created by American artist Robert Indiana in 2009
It's a pessimistic title, but after a roller-coaster 2016, is there anything to look forward to in 2017?
I consider myself a positive person and I have always been able to bounce back up after crises and difficult periods [...]
Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]
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Posted on September 30, 2016 by Toothpicker
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby's installation 'Forecast' by U.K.
The inaugural London Design Biennale which coincided with The London Design Festival took place at Somerset House (7 – 27 September) with over 30 countries and territories participating. Curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, the newly commissioned installations explored [...]
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Posted on June 30, 2016 by Toothpicker
In my youth, I was not into politics and I was never an activist of any sort. As I grow older, I started to care more about the world I live in, perhaps it's partly due to the fact that we live in a more turbulent world.
The term 'Utopia' was created by [...]
Posted on June 24, 2016 by Toothpicker
My response to today's referendum results
I am sure that 48% of the British who voted to remain in the EU are feeling the same way as I do now – shocked, sad, disappointed, disillusioned, confused, anxious, pessimistic, and very angry. And we have every right to be angry with what has happened [...]
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Toothpicker
The remains of the banyan wall trees on Bonham Road
Unsurprisingly, the image that is often associated with Hong Kong is its famous skyline and high-rise. Yet personally, I consider the city's banyan wall tress to be its most unique sight and heritage. In recent years, trees have become a hot topic in [...]
Posted on March 15, 2016 by Toothpicker
The Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan
Last week I attended the opening night of the Human Rights watch film festival to watch a new documentary called 'Hooligan Sparrow' by young Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang.
The filmmaker originally wanted to make a film about the abuse of sex workers in China, but ended up [...]
Posted on January 28, 2016 by Toothpicker
Sunrise in Reykjvik
One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Chilean documentary film director Patricio Guzmán's 'Nostalgia for the light'. The poignant, insightful and stunningly beautiful film was set in Chile's Atacama Desert, and it is a meditation on life, history and the universe. The film touched me on many levels, but [...]
Posted on January 16, 2016 by Toothpicker
In my last entry, I focused on the growing issue of homelessness in London, now I want to examine the solutions designers have come up with to tackle this issue.
Last year, London architectural designer James Furzer's ‘Home for the Homeless’ project won the top prize in FAKRO's International Design Competition.
Furzer has designed [...]
Posted on January 12, 2016 by Toothpicker
Left: A rough sleeper in Islington; Right: the same problem can be seen in the streets of Glasgow
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions simply because if I want to make changes, I would not wait until the beginning of the year. However, a new year has motivated me to do [...]