Social issues

Kevin Cheung's design studio visit at Blue House, Hong Kong

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have been writing a lot about Hong Kong's heritage lately, and coincidentally when I contacted Kevin Cheung, a local upcycling designer, he invited me to meet him at his home studio, which is also located inside a heritage building: the Grade I listed Blue House in Wan Chai.
The Blue House Cluster [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, sustainability, upcycled design, Colonial architecture and was tagged with eco living, Hong Kong design, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Kevin Cheung, Blue House, tong lau, upcycled design, eco


The scene behind India's cotton production

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

India is the world's largest producer of cotton (it surpassed China recently), while Gujarat is the largest cotton producing state in India with a production of 125 Lakh Bales. Cotton is considered not only the most important fibre crop in India but the entire world.

Cotton is the most popular cellulose fibre in [...]

This post was posted in Fashion, Travel, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Textiles, India, Pollution & environment, sustainability, Kutch and was tagged with fashion, textiles, India, sustainability, Kutch, Indian textiles, cotton


Dharavi - the largest slum in Mumbai

Posted on April 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

The foot bridge to Dharavi 
 
Inequality is increasingly becoming a global issue, but it is more apparent in rich cities like Mumbai - the world's 12th richest city. According to the statistics from 2016, about 55% of the city's population lives in slums, or areas of extreme poverty that lack the basics such [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, Mumbai, India, Inequality & poverty and was tagged with street life, inequality, Mumbai, India, Dharavi, slum tour, poverty


Can Shirakawa-go survive from over-tourism?

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

Breathtaking scenery from the bus journey
 
Over-tourism is now a global problem, and it becomes more problematic when a historic and tranquil village is suddenly listed as an Unesco World Heritage Site. While many governments endeavour to get their country's famous sightseeing sites listed in order to generate tourism and income, they are [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, mass tourism, Shirakawa-go


'Kanko kogai' (tourism pollution) in Kyoto

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The usually tranquil Philosopher's path was full of tourists with selfie sticks during the cherry blossom period
 
I have been warned and I knew when I struggled to find accommodations three months before my trip, yet I still went to Kyoto during the sakura season. It was not my plan to visit [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Kyoto, Japan, cherry blossom, mass tourism


Raindance & BFI film festivals 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Toothpicker

Anoushka Shankar performing live for the 1928 Indian silent film – Shiraz: A romance of Indian at the Barbican
 
I saw 8 engrossing films and documentaries in total at the Raindance and BFI film festivals this year, and I feel that the overall standard of the films I saw this year is exceptionally [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival, music, concert


2016 was crap, but will 2017 be any better?

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 [...]

This post was posted in Social issues, Politics and was tagged with politics, the age of Aquarius


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


The London Design Biennale 2016

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 [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Social issues, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, London Design Festival, Somerset house, London design biennale, Utopia


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


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