Sleepless in Shenzhen

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  • This Your Father's License


    Architects are highly intelligent people. They are the members of a noble profession who in dictionaries referred as master builders.

    They are taught and talk a specialized language, they have skills to design and visualize three dimensionally, and intern long years to be called as “architects” after passing series of examinations in order to legally practice “architecture.”

    I am an architect, thanks to membership fee paying institution I work for, an AIA member, and over the years I have gone through all those rigorous checkpoints to get there.

    I can legally design any building from houses to skyscrapers, sign and seal the drawings of those buildings, taking full responsibility of their design.

    My professional training and expertise almost guarantees that they won't fail under most circumstances and I am the captain of the team consisting of many hardhat wearing professionals and builders who ask questions about the building under construction and look at me for answers. Without me there is no art in spaces and without me there is no nobility to buildings.

    My work is a reflection of the technology which is constantly changing and I also need to know all about the society whom I design for which is also changing constantly.

    That is why every two years I must study and pass the continuing education tests in order to keep my professional license renewed and current. It is a legal requirement to keep architects knowledgeable about new generations of people and their values, new technologies and new laws regarding building usage, assuring the safety of the public and the health of the occupants. That knowledge is there to help us create sound and firm solutions for their workplaces, lifestyles and nesting needs.

    This carefully designed short training and following test (not revealing test part of course) provides us with eye opening information on the younger generations, keep us responsive to the emerging markets and with our design expertise to serve them. This education, therefore, leaves us with less guesswork and more with solid know how, research and study. It is hard and sometimes frustrating, but you must leave your knee jerk reactions aside to take it all in and really expand your reaching out to this unique generation.

    This photo commentary brings to its readers an annotated and interactive version of this key knowledge to successfully implement design for the current markets and people who are in a position to buy our services. It also satisfies portion of our continuing education requirements. It partially satisfies a never ending thirst for knowledge in this elite profession and mother of all arts.

    Please proceed and carefully consider: our target learning group GENERATION Y aka “Gen Y”



    SHENZHEN I am sympathetic to Shenzhen from its occupation. A port city like the one I grew up in. I feel like I know its tricks, talents and aura, even if I am wrong. I don't know Shenzhen that much face to face, I know something in her DNA, which makes me more relaxed about exploring it. ...

  • On the Job; Words, Images and impressions from the Shenzhen Biennale

    Some of the familiar biennale exhibitions were handled by a second venue near Shenzhen Shekou Port Ferry Terminal named “Border Warehouse”. There were some panel discussions on visible and invisible borders socially, physically, locally and economically. This subject was developed by...

  • A Brief Introduction to Shenzhen Biennale

    I am sleepless and I can't get used to the idea that I am in Shenzhen, China. I might as well be in Las Vegas hotel room with a gold leaf framed watercolor print hanging on the wall and a laptop with a spotty internet access. This is my first time in China with a mission to attend and journal the...

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In a four day visit to China Archinect Senior Editor Orhan Ayyuce is blogging his thoughts, impressions and people he ran into from Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

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