My travels to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Macau was an unforgettable trip and invaluable learning experience in the field of architecture. Over the course of nine days, I explored each city’s various neighborhoods, city centers, landmark buildings, and natural landscapes to seek inspiration in design and make connections to architecture out there and its potential application back home. I chose the Hong Kong area as my choice destination due to its striking population density and the hundreds of high rises that sprout from the mountainside like stalks of wheat in their best attempts to house the city’s 7 million people. Such a city also has wonderful architectural works like the HSBC Building by Norman Foster and the Hong Kong Design Institute by CAAU.Read More
Seattle is undergoing unprecedented growth. It is estimated that over 20,000 people are moving each year and we as designers are doing our best to accommodate for their stay with densification and an emphasis on building vertically. While here this change is new, it is not new to other cities both domestic and abroad. A well-known leader in dealing with densification is the city of Hong Kong. In the last 50 years, Hong Kong has seen an influx in people unlike any other with its population doubling from three and a half million to over seven million. Due to the city’s mountainous geography and limited space for developable land, it has forced developers to build denser than ever before and is now one of the most densely populated cities in the world with over 17,000 people per square mile. The similarities between Hong Kong and Seattle might begin to be apparent. Both are going through a housing boom on limited land and people are needing to adapt.Read More
The towns of the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and the Los Angeles basin started to grow rapidly during the latter part of the 19th century and on into the 20th century. Property speculators and homesteaders alike began to build homes to fit the various lifestyles and income levels of the people moving to the region. Unique styles of both attached multi-family homes and detached dwellings were popular at the time. This post describes my documentation of the historic housing still preserved in Pasadena as part of the Caron Travel Scholarship. I will be showing famous examples of houses and some utilitarian houses and how they contrast with how we approach low-rise density today.Read More
Goodbye Seattle, Hello Scandinavia!
This trip has been a long time in the making. It combines my favorite things, good food, great company, and architecture!Read More