Indiana Jones Arrives in Catania: Palazzina

DCORBEIL | Una candela nella notte, 2008 Matin de soleil discret et de fraicheur prenante. J’ouvre le double battant de cette vieille fenêtre. J’y prend, le temps d’un instant suspendu, une large bouffée d’air. Au loin, des bruits sourds. Cris stridents. Voitures agressives. Cinq heures le matin : la ville se réveille déjà. Aurore violet. […]

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Green Experiments in Public Housing

Hong Kong’s public housing estates are going green. In recent years, the Housing Authority has been using its estates as laboratories for the latest green technologies, a move that could help reduce Hong Kong’s air pollution and encourage more sustainable building practices. Some of the authority’s latest efforts can be seen in Yau Lai Estate, […]

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Suitman Goes to Sham Shui Po

On a muggy day last summer, I was on Apliu Street looking for a used camera stall when I noticed a street DJ playing 1960s Chinese pop. Since the working-class neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po isn’t known for its street performers, I was surprised and took a closer look. Lo and behold, it was Suitman, […]

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Pasta, Salmone and a P.A. Market

DCORBEIL | Plaisir incandescent, 2009 « Fin d’après-midi de juillet. Soleil qui glisse lentement vers le nord-ouest – typiquement montréalais – que je regarde par la large porte qui s’ouvre sur la terrasse. J’y trouve une amie, française de passage à Montréal, brûlant cigarettes sur cigarettes en étirant de longues conversations oisives à son amoureux sis […]

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Indiana Jones Arrives in Catania: Taxi Driver

DCORBEIL | L’Etna fume la pipe : 2006 « Je suis à peine débarqué de cet avion trop petit que je pose mes pieds sur la piste. Le bus m’attend sous une pluie froide battue violemment par un vent gonflé d’une chaude humidité. On embarque, on débarque. Dix mètre à peine, tour de bus inutile […]

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Hotel Grand Lisboa

Forget egg tarts and Portuguese colonial streetscapes — it was when I first saw the menacing silhouette of the Hotel Grand Lisboa that I wanted to visit Macau. Looming over the old peninsula with the arrogance of a preening peacock, it seemed to speak volumes about the state of the colony-turned-Special Administrative Region: a fusion […]

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À Bout de souffle, version américaine

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Yu19b3aSY[/youtube] I’m a great fan of Jean Leloup not only because we share a name (though his is made up and mine is real) or because he lived near me and I used to see him on the street every other day. I like him because he’s probably the strangest, most brilliant musician to have […]

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Inside the World’s Largest Human Migration

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KjO50bxN54[/youtube] Last Saturday, I stumbled into Cinema du Parc after fighting a losing battle with some serious wind-chill. I found myself watching Lixin Fan’s documentary, Last Train Home, a jarring film that expertly chronicles the world’s largest human migration. Every year, 130 million Chinese migrant workers attempt to make it back to their homes in […]

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Chilly Day Around Houhai

Houhai is one of three lakes (the others are Qianhai and Xihai) in central Beijing. It dates back to the twelfth century, after which it became the northernmost part of the Grand Canal, linking the northern capital with Hangzhou in the south. Houhai today is surrounded by one of Beijing’s largest remaining collections of ancient […]

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Hong Kong’s Ticket to Political Strife

Here’s how to build a high-speed railway if you really want to piss off the public: don’t thoroughly consult the public, make sure it costs more than any other railway in the world (US$330 million per kilometre is a good starting point) and bulldoze a rural village of 3,600 to make way for it. When […]

Morning Coffee: Café Olimpico

DCORBEIL | Un caffè et un rêve, 2009 « En chemin, la pluie reprend vigueur et me rattrape rue Saint-Viateur. Je plonge, tête première, au Olimpico. La terrasse, partiellement à l’abri de notre climat capricieux, est déjà bondée par une foule bigarrée de fumeurs, accrocs du caffè, de Bobos, de m’as-tu-vus et autres lesbiennes dépravées. […]

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Paddling Home

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/9378626[/vimeo] It’s not hard to see why Kacey Wong‘s “Paddling Home” is one of the most popular installations at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. It’s a houseboat that looks just like a typical Hong Kong apartment, after all, and anyone who lives here can relate to it. Wong has paid particular […]

Struggling to Support the Arts in Hong Kong

It was an unexpectedly warm day as Syren Johnstone stood, in shirt-sleeves and a bit of sweat on his brow, over a hole dug in the West Kowloon Reclamation site. He held a shovel in his right hand and stared down at a rusted reinforcing bar poking out of the earth. “This is reclaimed land, […]

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Off Hollywood Boulevard

Former Mark Twain Hotel on Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles Former home of Macintosh Clothes and Newberry School of Beauty, Los Angeles

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