Hong Kong Hotspot: The Forgotten Side of the Railway

THE SIGNS OF good urban planning are simple: good development. In a modern-day context, that usually means transit-oriented. The erection of a new train station is, especially in a modern Asian metropolis like Hong Kong, certain to catalyse some new mixed-use development in an area, often comprising a mall with a high-rise condominium on top. … More Hong Kong Hotspot: The Forgotten Side of the Railway

Beijing Backpacking, Day 10: From The Old To The New, Real To The Manufactured

YESTERDAY I GOT a glimpse of how architectural contrasts provide unique insight into a city’s history. Today, I was blessed for the opportunity to have local friends take me to their Beijing. There’s a certain exoticism you’d think of, considering the cultural differences between you and the locals you meet. But as fellow young people, … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 10: From The Old To The New, Real To The Manufactured

Sydney didn’t look like this last time

THIS TIME LAST MONTH IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THIS. Just a stone throw away from Sydney’s central station, a gleaming, and massive glass-and-steel complex towers over us walking down Broadway. Barely four years ago, here stood one of the last bastions of inner Sydney’s industrial past; the Carlton & United was one of the country’s … More Sydney didn’t look like this last time