Beijing: Transforming an Old Capital into a City of the Future

22 02 2008


Since Beijing won the bid for the 2008 Olympic back in 2001, the city has been undergoing a massive makeover in a bid to amaze the tens of thousands of visitors for the Olympic games. How did they go about doing this? By building amazing, cutting edge architecture that no other place (perhaps, excluding Dubai) would risk building.

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Seoul’s Oldest Building Succumbs to Drunk Old Man

13 02 2008


In a devastating loss for South Korea, the country’s National Treasure No. 1, the Namdaemoon, fell to a fire started by a drunk old man. Or at least, that was how the first reports were calling him. The latest word is that it was started by a man who also tried to set fire to the Royal Palace two years ago. Apparently he has some land issues with the government, I guess this was his way of getting some attention from them. But after this, he will only get the other kind of attention from the government.

The Namdaemoon was the southern gate of Seoul when it was a walled city in the past. Apparently the Japanese tore down the walls during its occupation of Korea and the Namdaemoon is the only remaining remnant of the great wall of Seoul. Standing in the middle of a busy intersection, it was a great reminder of the Korea of the past.

On the bright side, the stone base of the Namdaemoon received little to no damage. A heritage group will rebuild the famous landmark at a cost of $21 million and it will take three years to finish. Although it’s nice that it will be rebuilt, that aura of the old building will be gone. Oh, I wish wood wasn’t so susceptible to fire.

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Architecture Profile: Frank Lloyd Wright

7 02 2008



Since I want to get more involved in my major, I’m going to start doing profiles of architects who have tremendous effect on modern architecture and on me as a student studying architecture. The first one that I am doing is on Frank Lloyd Wright, who many view as one of the founding fathers of modern architecture. He is also arguably the most important architect in American history, up there with the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Gehry.

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Fort Bonifacio Global City, Philippines

21 12 2006

Fort Bonifacio Global City is a masterplanned city that is designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century. That sounds like marketing speak, but this video explains it much better than I do.

I’ve been following up the developments of Fort Bonifacio for about a year now. New residential condominiums and office buildings are popping up all over the city. I might just buy a condo at this city when I’m older (and have the $$$)

The video shows a possible Fort Bonifacio 15 years in the future with the City Center densely packed with high-rises. Right now the City Center is in development with only the Retail Promenade in construction.

More pictures of the Fort Bonifacio Global City as it is now.

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Makati City, Philippines

27 11 2006
(Photo by Flickr: janzedrik)

Before seeing Makati, I never knew that Philippines had such a city. One that is filled with tall high rise skyscrapers and modern buildings. Reading the SkycraperCity forums have been an englightening experience for me as I can see places all over the world that are beautiful and not just urban sprawls but also natural places. One thing I’ve learned is that even though the Philippines is considered a third world country by many, it is one of the richest areas in terms of natural resources. But for now I’ll show you the “NYC” of the Philippines: Makati, one of the cities that make up the Metro Manila.

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Business Card with a Garden

19 11 2006



This is a business card for landscape architect Tur & Partner. Add a little bit of water and sunlight and little plants sprouts through the paper. What a unique and awesome idea!

I’m not so sure about plants growing in my wallet, though.