Dear Students, This One Is For You

It was a late afternoon (5:30PM to be exact) on Friday (the 13th šŸˆā€ā¬›) March 2020. I had ended a meeting with a student and was tidying my office desk in anticipation of ushering the workday to a close. As I glanced over my email inbox one last time before logging out, an unread message…

FILM: A Home With A View

“Location, location, location” is the timeless mantra that circulates routinely and repetitively within the real estate arena. When scenic vistas are added to this location-equation, a price premium is then, more often than not, consequently commanded by the views. One might therefore expect many of such prime properties to constitute the ‘luxury’ range of the…

FIELD REPORT: Life in the Labyrinth

Shanghai was a vast, sprawling megalopolis on the banks of the Huangpu River, the ā€œParis of the East,ā€ where hyperbole-defying skyscrapers vied for attention with stately early-twentieth-century European faƧades. – Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend In China Rich Girlfriendā€”the second volume in theĀ Crazy Rich Asians trilogy which has become a mainstream literary phenomenonā€”author Kevin Kwan…

FIELD REPORT: On Variations of a “Sidewalk”

Shanghai is a super-megacity with a population of approximately 24 million people. In December 2017, the State Council approved strategic plans to limit Shanghai’s growth to 25 million people by 2035 in order to control pressures that are mounting on urban resources and infrastructure. Some skeptics hold the belief that Shanghai’s population has well-surpassed the…

FIELD REPORT: The Pop-Up Market

Bangkok is reputably a city with the largest urban concentration of night markets in Southeast Asia, becoming something of a nexus for bargain hunters and savvy entrepreneurs. From long-time fixtures such as the Chatuchak Weekend Market to purpose-built commercialĀ developments like theĀ AsiatiqueĀ Riverfront Market and niche markets that include the Rod Fai Market with its focus on…

FIELD REPORT: Heritage & Conservation, (Re)engaged

What makes a city creative? It would seem obvious that ‘creative’ people might beget a creative city. But can a city in search of sustainable creativity rely solely on human capital alone? How significant a role can the physical elements of the environment—buildings, sites, and spaces—play in fostering, if not engendering, creativity? Does the adopted…