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Catherine Cao, Shanghai office
Nihao, my name is CC from the HKS Shanghai office. I grew up in Beijing, the nation’s capital where I began studying architecture. After undergraduate, I went to the UK for graduate school, and have been working as an architect in China for 6 years. This is my first time working in the U.S., so I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the HKS Xchange Fellowship.
My HKS XChange journey began on a misty morning in early July in the James River City of Richmond. I was lucky enough to share this adventure with a beautiful co-pilot, my wife, which I would not have been able to do alone.
It’s difficult to sum up this amazing experience but as I write my final blog I look back at those moments that are the most memorable to me. Running along the Thames river was one of my favorite things to do after work and the weather permitted. It was fun running from the flat to Battersea Park along the river, over the bridge and back again.
Chapter 4 - Painting Dublin Green - Dublin during St. Patrick’s Day was a truly unique experience on this journey. Many people from around the world set foot on the green filled city. Although it was cold and windy along the River Liffey, it didn’t stop the thousands of people from taking part in the celebrations. My first stop was the Guinness Factory. After entering the giant wood doors, everyone rides the escalator up to the main floor which houses the gift shop and visitor center. Looking up was a sight filled with glass elevators moving people through the atrium space, and green light flying through the space from end to end.
Chapter 3 - Views from AboveSome of the most memorable experiences on my journey have been from above the cities I have visited.
Hi! My name is Andrew Cortez from the Dallas office and I get the honor of being a part of the HKS Xchange program in London. Along the way I will try to capture London through the senses, from the smells, sounds, sights, tastes, and the feel of the city. Here we go!
By Simon Grayson
Thanksgiving has just been here and gone in the US and despite thoroughly stuffing myself with two turkeys and a ham on Friday, I managed to use the rest of the long weekend to travel south and see every geek's dream - the NASA Control Centre at Houston (Johnson Space Centre). (Above image courtesy noisydecentgraphics.com)
By Simon Grayson
One thing that's interesting about Dallas is it's Arts District, which has a surprisingly large number of "starchitect" designed museums, galleries and performance venues all clustered within a relatively small part of the city. Last week I visited the ongoing Heatherwick Studio exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Gallery, discovered on a wander through the area when I started to wonder why I could see the 24 bus parked in the foyer.