Architectural conservation

Hotel Baison in Mino

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
When I was planning my trip to Mino, I struggled initially to find an accommodation in the town centre. I was quite perplexed by this, and so I started to check on google map. Eventually, I found a hotel called Baison, but apart from the location, I could not find the website [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, Hotel Baison, hotel


Mino – the ancient washi paper town

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Toothpicker

The preserved townscape of Minoshi
 
I think many people who are interested in Japanese paper would have heard of Mino washi paper, especially after it was was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. The origin of this paper dates back to the Nara period (710 ~ 784 CE), and is [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Stationery, Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, washi paper and was tagged with Food & dining, Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, washi paper, Japanese stationery


Mr Shindo's shibori map of Arimatsu

Posted on July 15, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
One big mistake I made when I was planning my trip was that I underestimated the traveling and transferring time of using the public transport in Japan. Trains are punctual and frequent if you are traveling to major and more populated cities, but it becomes more complicated if you want to go [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Exhibitions, Architecture, Fashion, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, Japan, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, traditional crafts, Japan, textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, suzusan, Arimatsu, Nagoya, House of Takeda


London Mithraeum & St Stephen Walbrook

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bloomberg Space in the City of London
 
Most Londoners are aware of London's Roman history, and that most of the Roman archaeological sites are buried underneath the City of London, London's historic financial district. However, not many knew about a Roman temple ruin that was rediscovered by chance on a bomb site in [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Art, Architectural conservation, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, British art, Architectural conservation, Henry Moore, London Mithraeum, St Stephen Walbrook


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, Architectural conservation, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, cafes, Kent, Rye


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 design, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, heritage, Hampstead garden suburbs, arts & crafts movements


A tour of the endangered Hornsey Town Hall

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building in Crounch End
 
Recently, the Grade II* listed 1930s Art Deco building Hornsey town hall in Crouch End has received much media attention due to Haringey council's plans to turn part of the building into a boutique luxury hotel developed by a Hong [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hornsey town hall, Crouch End


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


Brighton Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
 
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Theatre & performance art, Britain and was tagged with art deco architecture, theatre, Art festival, modernist architecture, Brighton


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British design, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


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