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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.
Vlogging my experiences as an HKS Xchange Fellow in London.
By Simon Grayson
A bit of a touristy blog post for this week - firstly a trip to the Stockyards at Fort Worth to see some frontier history, and later a trip to the Dallas Heritage Village near the HKS apartment.
Spanning many dynasties, the northern Chinese capital city of Beijing has been the civic and cultural heart of this region throughout many millennia. Home to dozens of palaces, temples, artifacts, and monuments, exploring Beijing is an endless experience through China’s rich history and intricate cultural traditions. 1200km north of Shanghai, Beijing is markedly different than the southern metropolis, yet also experiences the same complex dichotomy between old-world tradition and modern-day economic growth. Recently, a collection of contemporary “temples” have been built in Beijing’s booming economic heartland by architectural giants including OMA, Herzog & De Meuron and Zaha Hadid. I made it my mission this past weekend to experience the full spectrum of Beijing – from ancient to modern.
Manchester Proton Beam Therapy Centre has been my first assignment in the London office. It will be the first Proton Treatment Center in the UK, located at the Christie Hospital Campus, one of the largest European cancer treatment centers of its kind. Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a type of radiotherapy that uses a high energy beam of protons rather than the more traditional high energy X-rays to deliver a dose of radiotherapy for patients with cancer. It is used to treat very rare cancers and can be a more effective form of therapy because it directs the all-important radiation treatment to precisely where it is needed with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The treatment is therefore particularly suitable to pediatric patients with complex childhood cancers.