china will follow you home

I left China six days ago. Since returning, I have been enjoying having conversations in a language that I understand, attending family gatherings, reading English street signs, basking in high-speed internet, seeing friends, meeting new babies, drinking abundant beer, haunting my favorite coffee shops, eating sandwiches, adjusting to the time change, and enjoying the fact ...

a tiny piece of the current plan

I sometimes wonder if the reason China employs so many foreign urban designers and architects has less to do with training and the ideas we bring and more to do with the fact that many of us actually can’t communicate — therefore we can’t effectively ask questions of people who our designs impact. Just witness ...