VLOG_016 is about a place that I really love: the Kinmen islands of Taiwan. They sit right of the coast of Xiamen — of mainland China — and have an incredibly unique recent history which led to them developing like no other place on earth.
What Happens in China’s Western Replica Towns
I once mistakenly tried to enter through the fake door of a fake restaurant next to some fake windmills in a fake town. Yes, I’m traveling in China.
Saakashvili’s Strange Architecture
Something in Georgia that’s impossible to miss.
A European City With No Old Buildings
Rotterdam is a modern ancient city, and this is what makes it real.
What Happens in China’s Western Style Replica Towns
When traveling to China’s new cities and urban developments I’ve found myself in many of the country’s new Western-style replica towns. This is what these places are all about.
Why I Like Astana’s Architecture
If architecture is a mirror for a city’s soul, then what can we make of Astana?
China’s Fetish for Western Style Architecture is Older Than You Think
Vanke, a major Chinese development firm, estimates that 2/3 of its new housing projects are in the Western architectural style, but this is nothing new in China.
Stilt Houses Indonesia
A visit to the kampung community that is next to Jakarta’s traditional port. Building houses on stilts is one of the prime architectural designs of human culture and appear all through history all over the world.
A Tale of Two Chinas: While the PRC Demolishes its Historic Buildings Taiwan Saves Them
There is more that separates China and Taiwan than a narrow strait. Where ancient buildings and traditional neighborhoods are seen as a barrier to profit on one side they’re the other’s ticket to develop a budding tourism industry. There is perhaps a reason for the shift in the winds of tourism.
KFC Restaurant in a Traditional Chinese Style House
This doesn’t look like the ordinary KFC.