expo…part three

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 in architecture, buildings, china, people, shanghai, urbanism | One Comment

To avoid painting the world expo and myself in too negative a light, let me be clear that it is not all architectural bacon, oversized streets, gigantic queues, and buildings without context. Certainly there is some of that — a lot actually — but there is also much to enjoy, appreciate, inspire, and terrify (in ...

shanghai pajamas

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 in bicycling, people, transportation, urbanism | 2 Comments

There is a small but strong pajama-wearing culture in Shanghai — wherever and whenever they want. They don’t care what you think, or how taboo it may be wherever you are from. Pajamas are comfortable and lightweight and efficient. No need to expend that energy in order to change all those clothes. The American in ...

when you need to move a giant dead tree…

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 in architecture, models, shanghai | No Comments

I spotted this at the expo. It wasn’t too hard to do as it is gigantic. I don’t know what it was doing there — there was no sign that I could see, and it wouldn’t have helped me even if I could see it. Perhaps it was just a reminder of what once was ...

the expo

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 in architecture, buildings, people, shanghai | One Comment

For those of you wondering if we have made our way to the world expo, the answer is yes. Here’s the proof. And while we did spend an entire day there, we were only able to see the pavilions from the outside. The lines were ridiculous…a voice came over the loudspeaker at one point to ...