Tag Archives: architecture

Winchester - England's ancient capital

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Winchester Cathedral
 
It is so easy for us Londoners to be absorbed in our lifestyle and become London-centric. We forget that London is not the centre of the world and there is 'life' beyond the city. Sometimes I am shocked to hear that many foreigners who move to London for work have [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Gardens & parks, England, British heritage and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, gardens, heritage, Winchester


London festival of architecture: Balfron Tower

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
The month-long London festival of architecture this year was full of interesting tours and activities. I took the opportunity and book myself onto a tour to visit the iconic Grade II listed Balfron Tower in East London by British Hungarian architect, Ernő Goldfinger. (believe it or not, Ian Fleming did name his [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Social issues, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, architecture, Brutalism, London festival of architecture, social housing


Shanghai: Beyond the façade

Posted on March 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

A more authentic Shanghai can be seen near Lu Xun Park in the Hongkou distric
 
I first (and last) went to Shanghai 12 years ago to visit a friend who had just moved from NYC to the city. I had always wanted to go to Shanghai before the trip, so I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Shanghai, Street life and was tagged with architecture, Shanghai, street life


London winter 2013/14 art & design exhibitions

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main and bottom left: The new Serpentine Sackler Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects opened in Sept 2013; Bottom right: Paul Klee at Tate Modern
 
I intended to publish this a while ago, but I have been traveling and it took longer than I expected to complete. It is a recap [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, British designs, Fashion, Art, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, fashion, photography


The art of Andalusian azulejos

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
Top: Plaza de España; 2nd row left: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo; 2nd row middle, right & 3rd row: Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija; Bottom left: Hospital de los Venerables; Bottom right: Alhambra.

 
I have always love azulejos/ ceramic tiles, and I was especially escatic when I was in Portugal because there is [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Traditional arts & crafts, Andalusia, azulejos and was tagged with architecture, graffiti/ street art, traditional crafts, Andalusia, azulejos


Viva Andalusia: Granada

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: a view of the magnificent Alhambra; bottom left: Carrera del Darro; bottom right: Paseo de los Tristes ( passage of the sad ones)
 
From Cordoba, I took a 2.5-hour bus ride to my last destination in Andalusia, Granada. Unlike Seville and Cordoba, my first impression of the city was rather mixed. First of [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Andalusia and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, Andalusia, Granada


Viva Andalusia: Cordoba

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
I took a 45-min high-speed train ride from Seville to the historical Cordoba, and was pleasantly surprised by the conditions of the trains (and train stations). The train was clean, roomy, modern and comfortable, a huge contrast from the old and dirty trains in the U.K. ( sorry but
Although Cordoba is much [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Andalusia and was tagged with architecture, museums, Andalusia, Cordoba


Viva Andalusia: Seville

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main and bottom right: Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza; bottom left: Palacio de San Telmo
 
Traveling is one of my life-long passion, so being able to travel for work is something that I love. However, in the last few years, my travels have revolved either around work or visiting family [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Art, Andalusia and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, museums, seville, Andalusia


Cheese night walk

Posted on December 22, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: Borough market; Top middle: All Hallows by the Tower; Top right: The oldest street art 'The Two Mice Eating Cheese' on Philpot Lane; Main: St Paul's Cathedral
 
City Lit, the centre for adult education recently launched a new Dark London walks series, which sounded very interesting. I signed up for one [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, walks, cheese


Hong Kong's Business of Design Week 2013

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
Of all the cities in Asia, I find Hong Kong and Singapore to be the best representations of the term 'East meets West', this is partly due to their historical backgrounds and links to the British. Even though in recent years, the world's focus has turned to Chinese cities like Shanghai and [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, British designs, Travel, Business, Talks, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, talks, Hong Kong design, British design, business, BODW


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