Halloween in a City of Ghosts

There’s something undeniably creepy about Nam Koo Terrace, an abandoned red-brick mansion on Ship Street in Wan Chai. Nearly seventy years ago, the house was used as a military brothel during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, and the ghosts of so-called “comfort women” are said to haunt the house today. In 2003, a group […]

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Mongkok Sunset

Sunset over Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Un descans a Barcelona

La vieille femme et l’homme, Graçia Débordement, Rambla de Raval

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Obsolete Modernism

You can see the Pekeliling Flats from the platform of the Titiwangsa monorail station, just north of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. The grounds between each apartment block are unkempt; the flats themselves look ransacked, with doors knocked out of their frames. Though the flats haven’t been abandoned for very long, they are already being reclaimed […]

The Last Walled Village

Two and a half years ago, my girlfriend and I were walking through a housing estate near Kowloon City when we happened upon something completely unexpected: a walled village. At first glance, we actually thought it was an old shantytown, surrounded as it was by street hawkers, outdoor barbers and houses made of sheet metal. […]

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A Walk Through San Lorenzo di Roma

Aux portes de Rome Un quartier singulier. La seule zone de Rome bombardée, lors de la deuxième guerre. Quatre mille bombes ; trois mille victimes, dont le souvenir flotte toujours autour de ces rues. Ces quelques rues, un kilomètre carré tout au plus, où se regroupe la Rome révolutionnaire. Malgré tout, ce qui choque le […]

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Wood and Rock

St. John’s shouldn’t be much of a city — it’s a hundred thousand people clinging to the coast of a rocky island. But, when I visited in 2001, I discovered a likable sprawl of weatherworn wood houses, bars and more all-night restaurants than a town of this size deserves to have.

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What is Venice’s Future?

Abbiamo un futuro ? Venice (2010) Venice is an extraordinary city — as long as you love old architecture and incredible landscapes of ancient houses and canals going out to sea. But it is also overcrowded by tourists. Is it still possible to actually live in such a city? Does Venice still belong to the […]

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Seen and Unseen: Street View Meets Brazil

View Larger Map A colorful crossing in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro Google Street View has landed in Brazil, and its timing is probably no accident: it’s a momentous point in the country’s history. Latin America’s sleeping giant seems, at last, to be climbing into its proper place in the global pecking order: it’s an increasingly […]

Say Goodbye to Old Hong Kong

Old buildings bought for redevelopment are displayed in the window of an acquisition company office on Victory Avenue in Ho Man Tin There goes the neighbourhood. A new government policy on compulsory sales in old buildings has led to a property gold rush in Hong Kong’s older districts, putting homeowners on guard and worrying many […]

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A Walk Through Chow Kit

Chow Kit is one of the few remnants of the tin mining town that Kuala Lumpur used to be. It’s a scruffy collection of shophouses surrounding a big, sloppy street market, where the area’s diverse mix of residents — including a large community of Indonesian immigrants — come to shop. Still, though the market is […]

Kaffee Time in Vienna

Hubertys Bräu, Josefstadt, Vienna Vienna, Austria: Here, cafés are a part of a culture that respects small moments shared with the city. No one will rush you, since you are a guest, and then they will serve you as long as you wish, even if unwanted, while you discuss and read the news, as they […]

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How to Clean Hong Kong’s Toxic Air

While Hong Kong’s air is significantly cleaner than cities in mainland China, its roadside air pollution is more than five times worse than other major cities like New York Hong Kong’s roadside air pollution hit record-high levels last month, with new data from the Environmental Protection Department showing that pollution at roadside monitoring stations reached […]

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A Small Space in Europe

Laundry in an old basement, Jena (2010)

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