Urban Design

Kowloon Walled City

logged on to facebook this morning and this popped up on my newsfeed.

not only was i astound by the articulate depth within the details but also the narration expressed through characters dispersed throughout the drawing.

cite: SCMP

Art, Installation

The World Travels of a Giant Rubber Duck

>> And finally its Hong Kong’s turn in May!
What a curious and powerful psychological effect it resonates. i never owned a rubber ducky my whole life and i still find this absolutely amusing. it automatically brings a smile to your face. such a simple movement, such a strong response.

Rubber Duck
Florentijn Hofman




Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch artist based out of Rotterdam. He’s internationally renowned for his large-scale sculptures which often originate from recognizable, everyday objects. In his ongoing Rubber Duck series, Florentijn takes the iconic rubber duck (that children around the world can identify), and takes it to a massive scale. The biggest one so far was spotted in St-Nazaire, France at a towering 26 meters (105 ft).

In Hofman’s own words:

The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!


How can a giant inflatable rubber duck not brighten one’s day? It’s big, happy and awesome. Check out the travels of Hofman’s giant inflatable rubber duck below…

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Architecture, Urban Design

“Architecture is the evidence of the existence of human beings”

– Toyo Ito, when asked What is Architecture?

In recent archi news, Toyo Ito (wiki) has been awarded the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.  His work and contribution to the architecture world truly reflects the worth of this distinction.

Tod’s Omotesando Building

He’s always been an activist in creating architecture that incorporates human senses and nature; his creations have a boundless beauty of zen aura that exudes from them. His structures take a life of its own, becoming more than giants that inhabit life forms within. They themselves, speak out to the surrounding and respond, both physically and emotionally, to the conditions and needs of the site. Using innovative building technology in combination structural ingenuity, he designs forms that are infused with a poetic language that delivers aesthetic and functionality. concrete looks light, walls look transparent.

His project “Home-for-All”  in 2012 invites hope into the situation regarding the devastating tsunami that hit the Sendai region of Japan back in 2011. The exhibition invited other architects to collaborate and propose homes for the people in Rikuzentakata. Not only did this movement display the design possibility for new structures, but it portrayed a compassionate side of humanity. It was a display of community and strength.

Toyo Ito’s work speaks of relationships. Room to room, exterior to interior. In another interview he states that “Architecture is the relation between one person and another, something that can make people gather”, more than just a form, a building, a design movement.  He is one of my all time architect role models for this reason. He understands and stresses that significance of designing for humans.

“In contemporary society, I think that 99% of architecture has become the instrument for economical activities, and I am very sorry for that. Because I think that architecture is supposed to be something that links people to other people, architecture has to become a form of cooperation, a co-operational body for people. It should not be something that is controlled by economy, but that creates a relationship of trust among people. This is what architects are supposed to do when they create architecture.”

Congratulations Toyo Ito, and thank you for radiating a compassionate rational in your extraordinary designs.

Serpentine Gallery, London

White U


Quirk , Vanessa. “Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)” 20 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <;

Basulto , David. “Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion” 30 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <;



Breathtaking. I’d love to experience this one day.

Art, Installation