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An alternative learning platform: Ruin Academy - Anarchist Gardener

An alternative learning platform: Ruin Academy – Anarchist Gardener

Ruin Academy (Taipei, Taiwan 2010 -) is an independent cross-over architectural research centre in the Urban Core -area of Taipei, Taiwan. The Academy is run in co-operation between the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture. Ruin academy is set to re-think the industrial city and the moden man in...
Little India: A Just Space for the Marginalized in Singapore

Little India: A Just Space for the Marginalized in Singapore

Every Sunday, Little India sees an influx of hundreds of foreign workers from Bangladesh and India. From the main bustling Serangoon Road, open parks and plazas, HDB void decks, five-foot ways to even back-lanes, these foreign workers are seen using and appropriating the various spaces. It is not a usual sight to see such large...
Urban regeneration in Barcelona and Seoul: different approaches, similar consequences?

Urban regeneration in Barcelona and Seoul: different approaches, similar consequences?

The consequences of urban regeneration in Barcelona and Seoul suggest that in the conditions of neoliberal urban policy citizens in Europe and Asia face similar problems in their everyday life. This article discusses the recent transformation of Poblenou and Wangsimni in Barcelona and Seoul and briefly reveals some of the reasons for remarkably similar consequences...
Spatial Justice for Migrants: Just the government's role?

Spatial Justice for Migrants: Just the government’s role?

Newspaper article taken from: AsiaOne Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 Title: 36 premises found unacceptable for foreign worker housing SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) conducted a major multi-agency enforcement operation on 71 private residential premises in Geylang in December last year, and 36 were discovered to be unacceptable for use as foreign worker accommodation....
Informal: ignored but pervasive

Informal: ignored but pervasive

Situated at a lively junction along Causeway Bay, these women are offering a traditional Chinese practice of dispelling the people that you hate by hitting on their photo A group of old man enjoying a game under a pedestrian bridge Hong Kong can’t exist without the informal, because the informal is the real entity which...
Sharing Hong Kong's Hidden Secrets

Sharing Hong Kong’s Hidden Secrets

Stephen and Josie were awarded the Citizen of the Year 2011 by ShenZhenNan Fong Daily. (Image courtesy of Secret Tour HK) The Hong Kong Tourism Board has set out to make a primary impression: Hong Kong, glittering skyscrapers planted across and overlooking Victoria Harbour; a perfect mix of the East and the West; touted as...
Bringing a buzz back to the city

Bringing a buzz back to the city

Viewed from its tallest towers, Hong Kong is an endless expanse of concrete that stretches for hundreds of kilometers. Paradoxically, it is surrounded by nature, even though we hardly feel it when we are in the city. The density of the city has made many of its inhabitants ignorant of the potential of shared spaces...

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