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Is China becoming the laughing stock of international architecture?

Gate to the East, Suzhou, China

For every resounding success like Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, it seems, there’s a building that looks like a giant pair of pants. Well, at least one. With the 74-story Gate to the East building nearing completion in Suzhou, concerns are growing that China is becoming the playground for international architecture firms to sell their strangest, […]

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ART & ARCHITECTUREHISTORICAL ANALYSISART & ARCHITECTURELOW BUDGETPUBLIC SPACESWALKING STREETS ACTIVITIESADVENTURELOW BUDGET

Who says you need to spend a fortune? This destination-specific adventure activity achieved global reach for the cost of a rope and a GoPro camera

22 million YouTube views and counting.  Just shows what can be achieved if you use a little creativity. COMMENT: Okay, so it’s not likely park officials are going to allow this to turn into an ongoing bungie-jump-like commercial venture for tourists, but it leaves some wiggle room for fantasy. Meanwhile, it shows the spirit of […]

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ART & ARCHITECTUREPARKSPUBLIC SPACES

Singapore’s freakishly modern garden park is a hit with tourists

Part of Singapore’s impressive and admirable effort to make their city greener includes a mechanical forest that looks about as organic as Keith Richard’s guitar.   However, the 18 steel “supertrees” are greener than they may seem.  They serve as 25-50 meter-high vertical gardens (with actual plants hanging on them), venting ducts for nearby conservatories, rainwater collectors and […]

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ART & ARCHITECTURECITY SQUARESPUBLIC SPACES MUSEUMSTHEME PARKS

Jackie Chan World Park and Jackie Chan Museum to open in China

You know you’ve made it in pop culture when you get your own theme park AND a museum. In Shanghai,  the 10,000-square-meter (107,000 sq ft) Jackie Chan Museum is scheduled to open this year in the Changfeng Ecological Business District.   The  museum will include a the prerequisite collection of movie posters and costumes,  Chan’s […]

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THEME PARKS

South Korea’s much-hyped robot park finally breaks ground

Robots everywhere  rejoice. Robot land, an hour west of Seoul, has finally broken ground. The $620 million, 190 acre robot-theme park was supposed to start construction in 2009, but financing issues got in the way. It’s now scheduled to open in 2015 in the coastal city of Incheon. It will showcase all things robot, including a post-grad […]

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ANALYSISART & ARCHITECTUREMONUMENTS

Underwater statues in Cancun give divers something to look at, but has this three-year-old attraction become a must-see or a flop?

After careless divers (and storms) managed to kill off some of the best local coral, local authorities and dive operators were interested to give visitors something to look at.  After all, the popular Sinai diving site Raz Mohammed has some toilets on the sea floor that have become a diver attraction, ship wrecks are popular. […]

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