Zen-tuary: silent retreat in exhausting world

It’s a world without rest. In this hyper-connected digital society, there is little chance for a real pause to reflect. Yet we need the space and time of silence. In a recent report, after-work silence is spreading among working Chinese. According to a survey by China Youth Daily, 83.1% of the 2,750 respondents said that they keep silent after work to various degrees. Exhausting work and ever-demanding social network keep us too busy. That’s…

Vision for Urban Mobility in 2030 by Höweler + Yoon

Boston-based architects Höweler + Yoon won the AUDI urban future award 2012 for its Boswash shareway project. They propose a system to connect existing modes of transportation between Boston and Washington. Imagining the system of transportation like transferring data, train, buses, private car and bicycle will travel together in a bundled highway with different layers. Digital…

All About Body: Inside Out

As part of the body series (see part 1 body architect Lucy McRae post here), we move underneath the skin and get anatomical. Inside Out exhibition at Natural History Museum in London just finished last week, it featured nearly 100 plastinate and capillary specimens, from goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches. Strip off the skin, you…

To Last, or Not

Damien Hirst’s retrospective at Tate Modern has been up and running for a month and I finally got a chance to pay a visit yesterday. Despite it’s a Saturday evening with room full of visitors, there’s a pervading smell of death. Hirst is obsessed with this topic. A series of animal preserved in formaldehyde shows…