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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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Royal Offspring is the Last Thing On Their Mind

Located by an intersection of a soundproofed expressway and the Keiyou rail line in Nishi-Funabashi, Chiba, Japan is the Queen Elizabeth, a “landlocked” love hotel.  If you’re walking (or, because it’s a love hotel, ashamedly hurrying) from the Nishi-Funabashi train … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower

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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Bangkok’s Robot Building

I’d first like to welcome everyone and myself back to BuildingMyBento, as unfortunately I have been extremely busy as of late. A few years ago, I was taking the Bangkok light rail (BTS) to Chong Nonsi, a relatively nondescript station … Continue reading

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Belgrade’s Genex Tower (Western City Gate): Dobrodosli, Srbija

It’s difficult not to notice Brutalism’s most famous legacy to Belgrade, in the form of the Western City Gate (tower), en route from Nikola Tesla Airport.  Born and bred in the 1970s, this concrete construct is actually two buildings, one … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s Elephant Building (Tụk cĥāng)

For me, giant cities are the destination.  Ambling for hours, usually in neighborhoods local denizens prefer to have never heard of, finding as many types of street food as possible, deliberately experiencing rush hour (that one’s tough to chew on), … Continue reading

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