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Rye – the quaint medieval town

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Before booking my day trip to Rye, I actually knew very little about this town. My intention was to visit Dungeness, so Rye was not my destination. But after spending most of the day in Dungeness, I had some spare time and I decided to explore the town before heading home.
 

 

 
Walking [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, Rye, cafe


Open house 17: Hampstead garden suburb

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

Free church and Central square
 
I have long wanted to explore the Hampstead Garden Suburb, and so I was quite excited when I saw a guided walk of the area listed on Open House London. With the housing crisis in London worsening, it is time to review what went wrong and examine ideas [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, heritage, Hampstead garden suburbs, arts & crafts movements


Open House 2017: Highgate

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Highgate's hidden gem – Omved gardens
 
Honestly, I am finding it harder to enjoy London these days, and it is partly due to the city being overcrowded. The worst time is June and July when tourists and school children from abroad flock over here – it is a nightmare. September used to be [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Gardens & parks, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, Brutalism, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture, social housing


The doors of Paris

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
 
Top: Petit Palais' Beaux-art façade designed by Charles Girault
 
This post is dedicated to all the beautiful, magnificent, elegant, quirky, stylish, and unconventional doors in Paris. If you haven't noticed the doors in Paris, then start looking when you are in the city next time. Here is a collection that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Modernist & Art Deco, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, art deco architecture, art nouveau architecture, doors


The gentrification of Brixton

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 [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


What the heck happened to Newburgh?

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

The derelict Greek Revival style Dutch Reformed Church was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1835
 
The fate of a city often resembles the life cycle of a person. A city may experience prosperity for a few decades/ centuries; but one day, it may be destroyed due to wars or natural disasters, or [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, New York, Social issues, Architectural conservation, gentrification and was tagged with architecture, New York, heritage, Architectural conservation, gentrification, Newburgh


Berlin's DMY International Design Festival

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
The design festival's 2016 location – the former power plant, Kraftwerk Mitte
 
Back in 2010, I visited Berlin and DMY International Design Festival for the first time; and not only did I fall in love with the city, I also found the festival inspiring. The 5-day event took place at the splendid [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Design, Berlin and was tagged with architecture, Berlin, DMY design festival


Designs for the homeless

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 [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Social issues, Design, Homelessness and was tagged with architecture, British design, homelessness, Dutch design


Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
 
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality


Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

 

 
I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life


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