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Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower (with October 2022 Update)

Kurokawa Kishou’s 中銀カプセルタワー, the Nakagin Capsule Tower, was completed in 1972, close to both the swish Ginza district and the Tsukiji wholesale market (aka the place where you, as a native non-Japanese speaker are most certainly not welcome, particularly at … Continue reading

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The Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Building in Yanjiao, Hebei, China

China is – or at least, until recently was- the world’s petri dish for what I like to call bizarrchitecture.  You have malls with Venetian gondolas (and Somali video games), (empty) towns designed to be spitting images of European villages … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The Sofitel in Ueno, Tokyo

The Sofitel Ueno, overlooking Ueno Park’s Shinobazu Pond, was one of my favorite (weird) buildings in Tokyo…until it was demolished in between late 2006 and mid-2008.  Heck, the Sofitel wasn’t around that long to begin with, opening only in 1994. … Continue reading

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Inflated Views: Queens, New York’s Terrace on the Park

According to their website, Terrace on the Park in Corona, Queens has been New York City‘s most recognizable event venue for over thirty years.  Yeah, nice try, but it’s a fascinating snippet of hubris nonetheless.  Though, it might be one … Continue reading

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The 2014 New York State Pavilion, c/o the 1964-1965 World’s Fair

A thought of the thought of my existence wasn’t even… a thought in 1964, when the architect Philip Johnson completed the New York State Pavilion at the Queens, New York World’s Fair, but I have a thing for weird architecture.  … Continue reading

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Neo-Tokyo Pays a Visit to New York

Manhattan has always possessed one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.  But, when you think about which Manhattan neighborhoods best exemplify the tropospheric spirit, the Sutton Place skyline likely doesn’t place in the top five.  Wait a sec-do … Continue reading

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Tirana’s Piramida (Albania)

What’s your favorite thing about the word pyramid?  Is it that visiting one offers you insight into the world of traffic violations?  Or that ordering one for dessert will simultaneously make everyone else at the table hungry no more? Perhaps … Continue reading

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Guatemala City’s Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias

Perhaps I wasn’t pushy enough.  Perhaps my wallet was a devoid of its fun-producing partner, you know, money.  Perhaps altitude sickness meant that I was mixing up Indonesian with Spanish, thoroughly confusing the staff members with whom I chatted.  ¿Puedo … Continue reading

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Guatemala City’s Torre del Reformador

Does being a so-called urban explorer have its rewards?  Firstly, if you’re in a city such as Jakarta, Beijing or Cairo, then soap companies would say so.  You might be wandering into potholes and out of portholes, trudging behind exhaust … Continue reading

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Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia)

Although originally founded by the Dutch as the Technische Hogeschool in 1920, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (also known as ITB, ee-tay-bay) received its current name in 1959.  It is Indonesia’s oldest university in the field of technology, and is also one … Continue reading

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