September 16, 2013

by Sumandeep Singh

No matter what, Dallas does not stop surprising me, this city being an eclectic mix of various styles of everything, from food, to people, from languages to buildings. So I was not surprised even though I was surprised when I came across a geometric Mass, twisted , stretched , lifted up and sunken down in all possible directions, and guess what, it turned out to be a building. It was the Irwing Convention Center, I came across the structure while riding on the DART train to Irwing, a suburb of Dallas. Its unique shape dominates the relatively desolate countryside around. The Dark Brown metal structure seems to be levitating from a distance. It compelled me to just get off the train and take an architectural ‘Pit Stop’.

September 11, 2013

by Jessica Karsten

2 more weeks to go! Can’t believe how the time flies. A few weeks ago I went to visit the Highgate cemetery. It’s set in north London in a beautiful area where you can see amazing houses and lots of nature and hills, and the cemetery itself is actually a nature reserve. It opened as London population was booming and there was a sudden need for large cemeteries, it was one of 7 opened at this time, known as the Magnificent Seven. There are a few famous people buried there, Carl Marx being one of the most popular sites. There is an East and West side to the cemetery, the west side being the oldest part, which has a ton of beautiful mausoleums and elaborate gravestones, there’s also an impressive area known as the Egyptian Avenue and another is the Circle of Lebanon, very interesting. The grounds are full of greenery and animals; it’s a very beautiful and peaceful experience. It is still a working cemetery where people are still able to bury their loved ones.

September 4, 2013

by Jon Bailey, Dallas office

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September 3, 2013

by Hayeon Shim

Hello HKS!Two of my friends were visiting China so we took a weekend trip to Beijing this past weekend. Contrary to a few of my past trips, my trip to Beijing had a packed schedule. In the morning, we headed to Forbidden City. While it was merely 8 o’clock in the morning, it was already filled with tourists. Forbidden City was just as I had remembered from history of architecture class –city within a city, surrounded by defensive walls. But what I didn’t realize was truly how massive it was and all the intricate details within it. Especially when I got out to Jingshan Park where I could oversee all of Forbidden City, I could truly put to scale how big the Forbidden City was. The best part was seeing how modern architecture including the CCTV tower, National Center for the Performing Arts along with many others have somehow found their place in Beijing. While I loved seeing the traditional and historical side of Beijing, I couldn’t past the opportunity of seeing the iconic buildings of Beijing—NCPA, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube and CCTV. While all of them have become a part of Beijing, I couldn’t help but notice that the Bird’s Nest and Water cube have become monuments to highlight China’s big moment rather than functional sporting venues. Nevertheless, I was ecstatic to get to see them in real life.

September 3, 2013

by Hayeon Shim

Hi everyone,It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in China for 2 months now. I’ve been doing more travelling on weekends. Two weekends ago, I retreated to Moganshan with a group of some old friends and some new friends. Moganshan is about 3 hours outside of Shanghai by bus. It was created by a group of foreigners looking for an escape from the heat of Shanghai summers in the early 1900’s. It’s a major bamboo area with lush bamboo forests on its slopes and surrounding areas. We arrived late at night so when I woke up to see bamboo forests stretched across far beyond, I was pleasantly surprised. We did nothing more than enjoy great food prepared by its staff, lounged around while looking out to spectacular views of the nature and hiking. Needless to say, it was a great relaxing weekend.