Hanok homes: South Korean architects look to the past in their push to modernize

June 21, 2017

… [traditional] stylistic elements to modern buildings. Now, architects are more interested in a process of ‘critical reinterpretation’ — and applying that principle to a modern building.” Read: Saving China’s abandoned Tulou homes Leading Advocates Hanok design reflects the Asian way of living “very close to the floor,” says Pai. In Japan, this principle meant the widespread use of tatami — floor mats made from rice straw. But hanoks come with …


Hospital designs that are changing the way you’re cared for

June 19, 2017

… in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan, are known for their creative designs by ‘starchitects’ such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Sir Norman Foster. Since Maggie’s Centers are not treatment facilities requiring complex technological considerations, architects who might not normally take on healthcare projects are able to create spaces that are inspiring and healing. “There’s just no question that when someone walks into [a Maggie’s Centre], …


Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football World Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act. Since his …


Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… of entrusting anything spiritual to the clergy.” Currently being returned to its original condition, the Robie House epitomizes the spirit of what was an original and wholly American architecture independent of European influence. 1923: Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan) The scandal over his flight to Europe ensured Wright was without new commissions for several years. Worse still, in 1914 a male servant set fire to Taliesin, the Wisconsin house he had built for Mama, and chopped her, …


Totoro The Mystical Creature Is Getting Its Very Own Theme Park

June 5, 2017

The governor of Japans Aichi prefecture announced Thursday that it isbuilding an entire theme park based on director Hayao Miyazakis cult classic animated film My Neighbor Totoro in partnership with Studio Ghibli Inc., according to The Japan Times. My Neighbor Totoro, released in 1988, follows the story of two sisters who move to an old house in the countryside while their mother is in a nearby hospital. Satsuke and Mei meet a creature they call Totoro, who leads them through a mystical …


Ex-Goldman Star Who Traded Through Quake Makes Unusual Move

As the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan rocked the Roppongi Hills skyscraper in central Tokyo, Makoto Yamada put on his helmet, dropped to his knees, and traded. “We had an option to leave, but we couldn’t leave the position at the time," the 39-year-old former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. quant said, recalling the March 2011 quake and hours of aftershocks that he and some trader colleagues braved from the bank’s offices on the 48th floor. My “life is …

May 25, 2017