f merry-go-rounds

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 in china, food, people, urbanism | 3 Comments

I worry about my nervousness. For many years I lived under the false assumption that I projected a laid back and calm façade, a relaxed exterior hiding a lot of jangly nerves beneath. The curtain was pulled back on my self-deception by a child, barely old enough to talk, who told me that I needed ...

abandoned villages

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 in architecture, buildings, china, interiors, urbanism | No Comments

During a site visit last we were taken to a village near Guangzhou in the southern China. I might be getting this all wrong…there was no brochure or visitor’s center aside from a few men playing cards—I don’t even know the name of the place…but as I understand it the village was approximately 1000 years ...

apparently, i should worry more

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 in buildings, china, interiors | 2 Comments

If this Mad Max-looking gas mask is any indication of imminent threats to safe respiration, I am in serious trouble. I do not want to live in the post-apocalypse: iron spike accents, clothing made of chain mail and freshly killed animals, mohawks, cannibalism, monster-people with names like Lord Humongous, Smashinator Crush or Tina Turner, and ...

most awesome taxi adventure ride

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 in transportation, urbanism, video | No Comments

One last post leftover from the Beijing trip. Tired from walking all day, Paul and I hopped in the back of one of these bad boys: Here’s the evidence with the extra special addition of a sweet sound track. I don’t want to oversell it, but this is the best video you will ever see ...