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SNAPSHOTS OF NYC

One of our favorite photographers is in New York City. Dennis de Groot, hailing from Amsterdam, invaded Gotham and in a few short weeks snapped pics that capture the mood of the city. Using his signature style, Dennis shoots NYC with vibrant color saturation and an elegant use of lighting. We were hoping to catch up with Dennis when he stopped by Philadelphia on his US tour, but maybe next time. We’d love to see how Dennis sees our city. (Note to Dennis: Post some pics!) Click Read More for a sampling of Dennis’ photos.

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A CALM PAUSE ON LAKE ATITLAN

Written by Brittany Kleinman: On a calm pause in the middle of Lago de Atitlán, I found myself surrounded by 4 volcanic mountains with farm land stretching to the waters edge. As we drift in route to Santiago Atitlán, a few fisherman, in wood plank boats, stop by to show us their catch for the day.

In 1955, Lago de Atitlán was mostly unknown to the rest of the world, and Guatemala was seeking ways to increase tourism and boost the local economy. It was suggested by Pan American World Airways that stocking the lake with a fish prized by Westerners, would be a way to put the lake on the map. So, a non-native species, the black bass, was introduced into the lake in 1958 quickly began eating the native inhabitants of the lake. The predatory bass caused the elimination of more than two-thirds of the native fish species in the lake and contributed to the extinction of the giant grebe, a rare bird that lived only around the Lago de Atitlán region.

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OS GEMEOS VERTIGEM

Ever since we learned about Os Gemeos we’ve been following them closely. The twin brothers from Sao Paulo Brazil started painting in 1987 and haven’t slowed down since. From larger-than-life size murals featuring their signature characters to social commentary, many walls throughout the world reflect their creative talents.

Over the past month Os Gemeos’ displayed their work at an exhibit entitled, Vertigem – located at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janiero. The show has received significant acclaim and the website Lost Art stopped by to take a few photos of the installation. This weekend is your last chance to catch the exhibit (note: show ends May 17). Be sure to stop by if you’re in the area. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, museums, people

NEXT AMERICAN CITY

Travel Chronicles is an editorial feature for wejetset’s online magazine. Through an open and casual conversation it highlights how travel has shaped the talents, perspectives and experiences of creative and business professionals worldwide. This edition features Diana Lind.

Diana is editor and publisher of Next American City, a Philadelphia-based national magazine about urban sustainability. Prior to working at the magazine she was a freelance writer for
Architectural Record and authored the book Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design. We visited the offices of Next American City to talk with Diana about her work, travel in America and what makes a city great.

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REFRESHING OBJECTIVITY

Travel Chronicles is an editorial feature for wejetset’s online magazine. Through an open and casual conversation it highlights how travel has shaped the talents, perspectives and experiences of creative and business professionals worldwide. This edition features Eric Weiss.

Filmmaker and designer, Eric Weiss has had the following job titles: designer, art director, writer, creative director, editor-at-large, production designer, filmmaker, and director. He spent a couple years in advertising and editorial, a couple years touring with and filming different bands, and is now making short and feature length films, videos, and commercials. These intriguing assignments have allowed him to travel the world and see things and places that, as he bluntly puts it, “slowly polished away the anger of my youth.” We sat down with him at the studio of Smyrski Creative to talk about how travel has changed his perspective as a designer and filmmaker. Click Read More for the full interview.

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HONG KONG WETLAND PARKS

Written by Joseph Ng: Really? Hong Kong has a wetland park? I thought Hong Kong was only known for shopping and eating? Well, consider this interesting fact: 70% of the Hong Kong land mass is protected country parks. Hidden in the New Territories away from the hustle and bustle is Hong Kong Wetland Park. It is a conservational, educational and tourism facility that is intended to be an ecological mitigation area for the wetlands due to the New Town developments nearby.

Designed by veteran Hong Kong architect Raymond Fung, this project is probably the most understated yet beautiful architecture project in Hong Kong. The outdoor pathways were once completely land filled, only to be re-sculpted into the beautiful vista that looks out to the wetlands. A lot of effort had been put into hiding the buildings so that visitors can get as close to nature as possible. It is great for a momentary getaway from the concrete jungle and be one with nature. Just remember though when you are in the enjoying the park, don’t look back. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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City Innovations: Peter Zumthor wins Pritzker

Written by Jeremy Silverman: As the most prestigious award and highest honor that one can receive in the world of architecture, the Pritzker Prize is awarded annually to a living architect for significant achievement. Established by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation in 1979, the prize is commonly known as the “architecture’s Nobel.” Previous winners have included starchitects such as Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, and Norman Foster. This year´s winner, however, is much less “on the radar” than the others, but based on the impressive body of work that he has put together, is no less of a surprise.

Peter Zumthor is a Switzerland-based architect who studied a variety of disciplines from cabinetry and monument preservation. Thomas Pritzker, who is chairman of the foundation, announced Zumthor as the 2009 honoree explaining, “Peter Zumthor is a master architect admired by his colleagues around the world for work that is focused, uncompromising and exceptionally determined.” And he added, “All of Peter Zumthor’s buildings have a strong, timeless presence. He has a rare talent of combining clear and rigorous thought with a truly poetic dimension, resulting in works that never cease to inspire.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: architecture, people

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