Monthly Archives: April 2015

architecture for kids

Seems so common sense. But it isn’t. Shows that modernity is really not Western (anymore? let the pundits get worked up about that…). Is a lot more radical than I imagine possible in the Netherlands at the moment. A joy … Continue reading

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Shanghai ambitions

Two documentaries. Yes, the commentaries have that obnoxious Discovery Channel intonation (the future, if we have one, is going ridicule it), but anyone interested in a feel for the scale of Shanghai ambitions and the resources  put into their realization will … Continue reading

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a swimmingpool in Kathmandu

Usually I am quite happy to opinionate and pontificate on matters that resonate with me for good or bad. The terrible quake in Nepal resonates strongly but unwarranted armchair chatter feels utterly inappropriate. I’ve got nothing to contribute. Silence is … Continue reading

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a prettty good run through Shanghai’s New Jersey

When I designed un Nimweegs rondje, I pondered how best to achieve an optimal balance of the various ingredients of a good run through an interesting landscape. Cityscapes are landscapes too, and  the same need to compromise applies. There isn’t a universally … Continue reading

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the urban running that has a narrative

For a someone who grew up in a city-state like the Netherlands China’s dimensions are just mind-blowing. One of those expat glossies that cater to my ilk regularly has a well-written cover article (although the bulk is food, fashion and partying … Continue reading

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servicing the ultra rich

The increased inequality brought about by financial capitalism (returning us to a world of patrimonial capitalism?)  is accompanied by a thriving service industry that makes for fascinating reading. Just came across a piece on Quartz that I just cannot not reblog. It’s a … Continue reading

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urban running

With my new and somewhat enforced focus on urban running, I’m very receptive to anything out there speaking to it. Confirmation bias at work. Salomon’s latest video:

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reblogging Shanghai 1973

A piece in That’s Magazine: Pollution is not yet a major problem but China’s planners aren’t ignoring it – they can’t. These are the tragicomically wrong words of an American film crew visiting Shanghai in 1973 – two years after … Continue reading

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again Cairo chairs

Some time ago I posted some pics by a Dutch photographer fascinated by the chairs on Cairo streets. Turns out he is not the only one: We are David Puig and Manar Moursi, authors of Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs … Continue reading

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energy footprints

I have this thing with meaningless numbers turned into something sensible by a comparison, a visualization, or an analogy. And I’ve got this thing with inequality. An example I recently came across is the energy footprint of Bangkok luxury malls. … Continue reading

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Beijing

Second part of our spring break holiday was a couple of days in Beijing after a very comfortable night in a four berth softsleeper train from Hangzhou. Marjan had been to Beijing before with school and returned very enthusiastic, something … Continue reading

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Hangzhou

Marjan & I spent spring break  in Hangzhou and Beijing, doing a circuit by train from Shanghai. The first day in Hangzhou was on trails: the Hangzhou Mountain marathon, organized by Nicolas Musy, of the Mongolia sunrise to sunset ultra. … Continue reading

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