Sketch Day: Modern Toilet & Tianjin South Railway Station
(11.19) Trip to Binhai
Today a small group of us took a trip down to Binhai, the district of urban Tianjin located along the Bohai Bay.
(11.17) Bike Ride [Song: Dan Schwartz "Joyride"]
Here is a time-lapse video of the trek I make on my bike to campus on days when we have class. The ride takes about a half hour in the morning and is a fantastic way to wake up. You have to be wide awake when you are bobbin, weavin, and snakin through cars, bike, walkers and buses. It is a fun, sometimes dangerous, and beautiful experience every time.
(10.22) Studio Picnic
This Saturday our Chinese students [Holden & I’s group and Joe & Casey’s group] put on a little picnic in our studio room. It was a nice chance to relax together after many late nights on studio this past week. Jon, our Chinese go-to helper also made it to the occasion. We also played table tennis, basketball, a Chinese form of hackysac and some Frisbee. A great afternoon.
(10.20) Studio: Phase 1 [urban design] Final Critique
The first project was a master plan design for a historical concession area near the business district and riverfront in Tianjin. I was in a group with Holden [my roommate] and 3 Chinese students [the picture with 3 girls, one has her head in her hands]. The project hand many challenges including preserving 15 historical buildings, but above all the greatest challenge and most rewarding learning point was overcoming the language barrier in order to produce a cohesive and mature project. A wonderful opportunity.
Fireworks provide a daily clamor throughout the city. They usually consist of a mixture of firecrackers and smaller cannons celebrating weddings, business deals, new restaurant openings and various other reasons. This extra impressive set up I happened upon was the first time I got to experience the sight close up. This instance was for a pair of newly weds that drove up in Bentleys and Lamborghinis and the show was only a ridiculously large amount of firecrackers. Quite a loud and exciting experience. Notice [in the video post] the smoke pour directly into the building and the location directly next to one of the larger thoroughfares in Tianjin. Very little to no regulations for this type of celebration, as is the case with quite a lot here.
(10.06) River Stroll
Joe and I took a late afternoon stroll along the riverside to see how Tianjin utilizes its riverfront on a social level. We found all sorts of activity from fishing, both with a pole and with nets, kite fliers, and the occasional local trying to sell nick nacks. Almost no one else was simply strolling as Joe and I were and all the fishers were mainly older men, very little if no youth found on our walk. The riverfront in Tianjin is a linear pedestrian park, or pathway that has many connection points [bridges] that unite each half of the city [the river runs through the heart of the city somewhat dividing it in half]. A very enjoyable walk that was extremely telling as to the attitude Tianjin has taken in regards to their design and utilization of the riverfront.