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The Character of Cities

As part of the promotional events for a new mobile phone, Nokia held a short film competition in 2011 and gave 8 shortlisted entries a budget of $5000 to create a film shot entirely on their mobile phones. The winning entry by James Griffiths, Splitscreen, tells the simple story of a young man and woman from two different cities and their chance meeting on the Thames in London. Told from a first person perspective, the charmingly delightful film is an example of the way in which cities take on the sense of character and the abilities of urban forms to conjure a set of personality.

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The Character of Cities

As part of the promotional events for a new mobile phone, Nokia held a short film competition in 2011 and gave 8 shortlisted entries a budget of $5000 to create a film shot entirely on their mobile phones. The winning entry by James Griffiths, Splitscreen, tells the simple story of a young man and woman from two different cities and their chance meeting on the Thames in London. Told from a first person perspective, the charmingly delightful film is an example of the way in which cities take on the sense of character and the abilities of urban forms to conjure a set of personality.

London Changing

As London readies itself for the 2012 Olympics, the city is slowing coming to terms with the actual impact the games are having on its urban landscape. Projects in and around the city is transforming London into one big construction site, from improvement works in the Tube to a planned cable car system across the River Thames. These projects, however, are small compared to the actual construction happening at the Olympic Park in Stratford itself.

London Changing

As London readies itself for the 2012 Olympics, the city is slowing coming to terms with the actual impact the games are having on its urban landscape. Projects in and around the city is transforming London into one big construction site, from improvement works in the Tube to a planned cable car system across the River Thames. These projects, however, are small compared to the actual construction happening at the Olympic Park in Stratford itself.

Remembering the Festival of Britain

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition primarily held in the city of London of 1951. Emerging from the dismal period of the Second World War, Britain was in much need for a cause of celebration and this “tonic for the nation” came in the form of a giant festival, organized to bring the best of British culture together and to showcase the progress of British technology, arts and architecture.

Remembering the Festival of Britain

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition primarily held in the city of London of 1951. Emerging from the dismal period of the Second World War, Britain was in much need for a cause of celebration and this “tonic for the nation” came in the form of a giant festival, organized to bring the best of British culture together and to showcase the progress of British technology, arts and architecture.

Reading Tsuen Wan

A trip to Tsuen Wan in February revealed a neighbourhood of contrasts; one which saw new office buildings and hotels next to old city blocks and industrial buildings. The whole place felt like one of transitions. There were construction sites and empty plots of land surrounded by wire fencing, next to a waterfront flanked by a park that constantly smelt of sewage. In fact, perhaps the thing that stands out most about Tsuen Wan is its people. It is without a doubt them who made the visit memorable.

Reading Tsuen Wan

A trip to Tsuen Wan in February revealed a neighbourhood of contrasts; one which saw new office buildings and hotels next to old city blocks and industrial buildings. The whole place felt like one of transitions. There were construction sites and empty plots of land surrounded by wire fencing, next to a waterfront flanked by a park that constantly smelt of sewage. In fact, perhaps the thing that stands out most about Tsuen Wan is its people. It is without a doubt them who made the visit memorable.