Earth Hour

April 2010

little late on this too…

May I present to you, a few photographs during Earth Hour, Saturday March 27th 2010, where landmarks of their world participate in climate change and environmental awareness by turning off their lights for an hour starting at 8 30 pm

click the link.. the javascript enables and ‘on and off switch’ effect between the two photos

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/03/earth_hour_2010.html

In the spirit of space-saving strategies in New York-living and Tokyo hostel-booking, CoolHunter did a post on the Yotel pods in airports followed by a few more examples of hotels such as Citizen M and Qbic in Amsterdam. Love it- High design in simplicity.

http://thecoolhunter.net/article/detail/1699/sleep-box–mini-hotels

SOOO EXCITED. Finally, we booked our Shanghai hostel last night. All that’s left to do is to get our visas, and finish thesis.. and graduate… but anyways…
these photos look just like their renderings. amazing.

http://www.archdaily.com/53163/shanghai-2010-almost-ready/#more-53163

The Old Highline

March 2010

I still did not make the trip to the HighLine during my early days of spring break due to lovely rain and work.. but anyways…

The best urban spaces worth exploring are the ones left untouched. that’s just my opinion. The Highline is an amazing urban project, don’t get me wrong, but is no longer a natural urban space, like rooftops of pre-war buildings, abandoned subway tunnels, living in warehouses (artists first, then hipsters), Staten Island’s boat graveyard, Roosevelt Island hospital.. list goes on but you get my gist.

http://www.ntimm.ca/_/the-old-high-line-nyc/

Sun’s out. And I feel like seeing some old friends from high school. Whoo

Of course I did some shopping in Soho.. Uniqlo and their sales ugh.

Eating tacos at the Taqueria on Lafayette and Bowery, and realize Geoff’s Landscapes of Quarantine was right there.

Rooftops to reassure the clear day

Siblings and Roofers over-across yonder

After chillin at the West Village with Denise and her bro, I went up town to visit Alex and Sandy and see some other wonders.

Atlas Obscura did a post about this Peace Statue by St. John’s Cathedral. Funky stuff.. still awesome.

So I’ve experienced a good amount of church spaces in Italy, eastern Europe, and Paris last year.. so walking into St. John’s cathedral, I did not expect MAD Space.. mad freekin huge space, largest cathedral in the world and its in New York City say whaaa

We all know NYC is full of.. pleasant surprises to say modestly. We came the side door of a cathedral and there it was, a white peacock. its the most freekin beautiful creature i’ve ever seen. Prettier than my cat, but I still love my cat.

Love

Crepes and Coffee with the lovely couple.

Lovely Libraries

March 2010

Must blog must blog.

Ok following up on the staircase entry, here’s another architectural-intellectual-obsessively-organized wonder- Libraries. I’m not really interested in how long a library has existed, but rather the long-patience it takes to accumulate a ginormous collection of books. They’re simply physical books, but knowing they all speak of some sort of knowledge reveals itself when a book is opened, sort of creates a magical atmosphere. Kind of like having the world at the palm of your hands, or snuggly packed into shelves.
Again thank you Atlas Obscura for exploring such wonders.

http://curiousexpeditions.org/?p=78

Dubai Skyline

February 2010

Beautiful time-lapse done by Philip Bloom

http://vimeo.com/8951807

(again i cant embed vimeo videos on wordpress >__<)