From January to May 2014 I temporarily joined one of the largest building restoration companies in China; China Heritage Conservation Center (CHCC). During my time at CHCC I was able to become involved in several projects, including the restoration of Wuhan University’s 1930s dormitory buildings (described in more detail below). In this post I’d like to share some of the insights from my… Read more →
Stopping off in Manzhouli for a day – a border town between Russia and China – and wandering it’s streets viewing the interesting and slightly bizarre mix of Russian-influenced architecture and follies.
Radio AM 774 I was recently asked to do a live interview on a bilingual radio station, AM 774, to talk about building restoration in China. This came about due to one of the presenters, Bruce Connolley, finding me through David Ben Kay and my article I wrote on David and his work in 798. We discuss a range of topics; from… Read more →
Imitation Towns: Gimmick or Natural Part of Urban Development? When we think of Chinese urban development, many things come to mind: urban sprawl, mega cities, innovative design, record breaking feats of engineering. Increasingly, there is another word synonymous with China’s urban development: fakery. Since taking an interest in Chinese building trends I’ve increasingly come across articles reporting on entire towns… Read more →