behold! my towels!

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 in architecture, buildings, shanghai, urbanism | No Comments

Look upon us and be amazed! Here we are free to flap in the hot breeze, no longer prisoners forced to wipe away and soak up water from unmentionable places — dark and embarrassing places no towel should be forced to dry. But we do not complain even as we are made to mop up ...

buildings have windows

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 in architecture, buildings, people, shanghai, urbanism | One Comment

This is the part of the city where I work. This is the building where I work. It is not an interesting building, but interesting things happen inside. The construction is standard steel and concrete with a central circulation core and a grid of windows. Unlike American office buildings, most of the windows can actually ...