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First impressions for the third time
It is hard to believe that I arrived more than a month ago. Days are going like a high speed train. Memories from Shanghai are still very alive, but now I feel that London is the right place for me to settle down – forever, hopefully.
The end of an era
Leaving Asia is harder than I thought. These years living in China were more than amazing. As an architect I have gained a lot of experience, worked on huge and exciting projects, had to face many challenges of the profession and I'm happy that I was always able to provide a solution. Also, I was surrounded by talented architects who I could learn a lot from and I am very thankful for that.
aka Fragrant Harbour
Hong Kong is the fusion of the East and the West. After more than 156 years of British governance now it is the Special Administrative Region of PRC and one of the most densely populated places in the world. The city managed to sustain the balance between modernity and tradition and as result Hong Kong is one of the most diverse metropolises alongside New York and London. Although the Chinese influence over the city can be felt more intensively these days than before.
Siem Reap and the wonderful temples of the Angkor
For last winter’s getaway we chose Cambodia. I can tell it was absolutely the perfect choice.
The first day we decided to explore the city before visiting the temples. It quickly became obvious that the city is completely ruled by tourism. Luckily careful management and restrictions on building height and bus size prevented developers from deteriorating the city.
Interesting facts about Shanghai many might not know
Everybody has seen the photo comparison of Shanghai now and 20 years earlier: the city grew from the ground and became an attractive and booming financial and economical nod of China. Perhaps less people know that it all began in the 19th century.
After Shanghai became a county it evolved into a significant Chinese trading and cultural centre. As result, unfortunately it quickly became the target of Chinese pirates and Japanese marauding troops, too. In repose to the attacks a city wall was built, which remains to define the boundaries of the old city of Shanghai till today.
My favourite architect in Shanghai
As the history seems repeating itself, a century ago Shanghai attracted many talents around the world and like several other foreign architects after the First World War, Laszlo Hudecz the Hungarian - Slovakian born architect made his way to Shanghai in 1918 at age 25 via captivity in Siberia. He became one of the most significant architects of the Chinese city in the upcoming decades with his unique approach and style.
Japan has been a place to me that I always wanted to visit but had never believed that once I will actually be able to. Also never thought to see Tadao Ando in live and there was him in December 2014 giving a speech in his recently completed Poly Grand Theater in Shanghai.
Living in Shanghai brought me closer to opportunities that I have only dreamed of. The only 2.5 hours flight to Tokyo was one of them.