After joining the #UrbanMatters exhibition, I explored Shanghai for a few more days - it was my first visit to China. ⠀ For many years I have been fascinated with Southeast and East Asia – the speed and scale these regions are developing is quite overwhelming! And that comes with many challenges, like hyper-urbanization and the demand for modern living spaces. ⠀ Looking forward to the next exhibition – thanks to @MINI for having me. See more impressions via the #UrbanMatters hashtag.
An interesting plaza at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. The magenta billboards suggest a focus on women but it’s actually an exposition of urban design with a bit of couture. Seems more like a commitment to sustainability and uniqueness to me. Oakridge will look quite different in 2025..! Any way to make a shopping mall greener, more humane and less commercial works 👍 #urbandesign
University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering’s new building is a really wild example of merging old with new; inside with outside. The 1960s-era original brutalist exterior was preserved throughout - the concrete and grey wall portions that used to be the exterior now overlooks new interior study & studio spaces.
Stranger still, many of the original hallways and stairways are preserved from the original buildings, creating a weird quasi-nostalgic, unsettling/exciting experience of a half-old/half-new complex that features 175k square-feet of new space for students & labs plus extensive renovation of the older areas interwoven throughout the complex. Worth checking out especially if you remember the old buildings.