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Taipei Performing Arts Centre (under construction) by OMA _ Jiantan Station, Shilin.  The performing arts center sits on the previous site of the Shilin Night Market Food Market, which has since been relocated to an adjacent underground space market space.

I visited this site back in October 2012, after the food market had been demolished. This is what I saw:

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The same view from the same station platform in August 2014:

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Sheung Wan _ Hong Kong

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Man Mo Temple _ Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan.

Sheung Wan is one of the oldest district of Hong Kong, and one of the hilliest, leaving development relatively tame compared to other flatter parts of Hong Kong.  Recently, lots of small independent shops, chill bars and eateries, and galleries have been popping up in vacant historic buildings due to relatively lower rents, making Sheung Wan the new hipster area of Hong Kong.

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Blake Garden Park _ Sheung Wan.

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Tai Chi.

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Tank Lane _ Sheung Wan.

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Chinese YMCA Secondary School _ Bridges Street, Sheung Wan.

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Shing Wong Street _ Sheung Wan.

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Staunton Street _ Sheung Wan.

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Hong Kong & Kowloon

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It had been 9 years since I’d been back to Hong Kong, the city where my dad was born and raised.  Many of our relatives have since moved away and the high costs of the city have kept us away for this period.  Lots has changed.  We stayed on the Kowloon side of the city.

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Sidewalks _ Kowloon.

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A wonton shop that my dad and my grandpa used to frequent _ Kowloon.

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Nathan Road _ Kowloon.  Walking down Nathan Road, the main north-south thoroughfare of Kowloon.  On the right is Kowloon Park.

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Nathan Road _ Kowloon.  A strip mall fronting Nathan Road, carved into the hill of Kowloon Park.

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Kowloon Park _ Kowloon.  On the rooftop of the strip mall.

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Victoria Harbour -Kowloon.

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Pedestrian-only street off of Kai Chiu Road near Sogo _ Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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Sogo @ Hennessy Road _ Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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Central Elevated Public Walkway over Garden Road _ Central, Hong Kong.

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Public Staircases _ Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

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Central Elevated Public Walkway over Connaught Road _Central, Hong Kong.

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My dad’s old neighborhood _ Kowloon

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Goldfish Market (Tung Choi Street North) _ Mong Kok, Kowloon.

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Hong Kong Central Library _ Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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Symphony of Lights _ Hong Kong / Kowloon.  A nightly light show on over 40 high-rises along both the Hong Kong and Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour.  Lasers!

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Michelle & Jordan’s Apartment _ Murray Hill, Manhattan

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Good buddies Michelle & Jordan have one of those views out of their Murray Hill apartment that makes one grateful for open spaces in the city.  Otherwise, skylines could only be appreciated from afar.

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Pittsburgh Architecture Bike Ride

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PPG Plaza _ Downtown Pittsburgh

New buddy Lucia led a small group of us on a bike ride to different architecturally significant buildings and spaces in Pittsburgh.

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Union Station _ Downtown Pittsburgh

This used to be the hub for passengers trains in Pittsburgh, with a rotunda driveway designed for horse carriages.  In the late 1980s, the rail office building was converted to apartments.

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David L. Lawrence Convention Center _ Downtown Pittsburgh

The convention center sits right at the edge of the Allegheny River. Instead of cutting off access to pedestrians and cyclists to the river, the building has a path that cuts under and through the convention center, allowing a dramatic entrance to the river trail under the riverside highway.

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Fort Pitt Tunnel _ Mount Washington.  The iconic tunnel that leads directly into downtown Pittsburgh.

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Thick Bikes _ South Side

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Bellefield Boiler Plant (The Cloud Factory) _ Oakland

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Shweta Namjoshi & Brendan McCreary’s Wedding _ Wright Ranch, Malibu

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Good [college] buddies Shweta and Brendan committed to each other at the Wright Ranch, the site for the Wright Organic Resource Center, above Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu - a most beautiful setting for a mini-college reunion.  Shweta & Brendan met each other while living as next door neighbors in the City Park Apartment complex adjacent to USC.  Original buddies [and downstairs neighbors] Sushmita, Victoria, Tho, who were honored bridesmaids, and I lived across the street from the couple.  Since our collegiate days, the majority of us have dispersed around the country, and have found little opportunities to see each other - until a wedding brings us together for a short weekend.  The face that this wedding was between two couples that formed around the same group of friends made this evening in Malibu a special reunion of old friends.

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The ceremony was held on the top of the hill, under which the incomplete Wright structure was built. 

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The reception was held in a flat, little canyon snugly formed between two rocky hills.  A lone boulder lies in the valley, around which dinner and the dance floor were held.

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Though uncompleted, the structure immediately conveys a sense of architectural significance.and vigor.  Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson Eric Lloyd Wright, the cast-in-place concrete slabs are formed into the side of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The bones of the building herald back to characteristically Wright-like forms of long roof planes and exposed building materials & structure.

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Metro Bike Night _ Fred Harvey Room, Union Station

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The Fred Harvey Room at LA’s Union Station was the site of the Harvey House, a popular nationwide chain of diners and restaurants developed at major railroad stations across America.  The Harvey House at Union Station was the last of its kind, built in 1939 and designed by Mary Jane Elizabeth Colter. The Harvey House stopped operating as a restaurant in 1967, but opens its doors for special events.

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#losangelesbeautiful

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