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The NYT featured the HafenCity development in Hamburg. These are two of my favorite things, the former for its writing style and the latter for its ambitious urban development. They will get preferential treatment in this blog. And my playing favorites starts now. I forgive the article for taking light the issues plaguing the development, such as the ever-rising cost of the Elbphilharmonie opera house and construction of a tube line that will connect the quarters to the city center (instead to a more populous part of Hamburg). But then again, the article is written as a travelogue, which is most of the time indifferent to social issues.

Some tips the author missed out:

1) You can visit the Elbphilharmonie even if it is still under construction

2) Affordable coffee can be had at Campus Suite near the Elbphilharmonie (Am Kaiserkai 60-62)

3) If you are on a budget, eat your lunch at the Markt Halle (Am Sandtorkai 23/24). A rice and curry meal is about 7.50 Euros. Expensive? Welcome to Hamburg.

4) Yummy soups and salads at the Kesselhaus (am Sandtorkai 30). A miniature model of the HafenCity is also inside.

from The New York Times (including photo) via Planetizen

Even before the high-rise buildings will be completed, some parts of China’s urban landscape already look like a ghost-town as portrayed in this photo-essay. I am trying to imagine how life in this tower-ville will be like once the finishing strokes of the paint job is applied, and the middle-class start trickling in. The first visual affects of the tower-ville led me to ask whether the construction of the buildings considered ‘earthquake-proof’ measures? Digging deeper (no pun intended) into the situation, this instant city will also create instant consumption and demand for energy, economic opportunities and social amenities.

Most of the photos show the vertical magnificence of the buildings. What it doesn’t show is the massive area and the at which this kind of development is happening. Jump to this page of the New York Times to view the full slideshow.