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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY JULY – August 2018

    In late May, Perspective travelled to the Venice Biennale of Architecture. This year’s curators – two female Irish architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara – invited architects from around the world to interpret Freespace, the quality, freedom and future of space. Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (featured on this month’s cover), once told Perspective “there’s …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY JUNE 2018

    Recently a Hong Kong property tycoon mentioned to me that real estate is a very local business. Professionals in the building industry need to travel to the construction site to personally carry out the projects, even company executives and owners. Quite often, we think of architecture as international: the world’s tallest towers, global practices, overseas …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY MAY 2018

    Milan in April is a magic place. Where else can you run into Olivier Rousteing, creative director of French fashion house Balmain, and then Marcel Wanders, the Dutch designer who created the Knotted Chair? Milan Design Week is that sort of event. Known for its fashion influence, the city has established itself as a wider …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY APRIL 2018

    Beijing’s CCTV headquarters has been taunted by locals as the Big Trousers for its singular shape, to the extent that people rarely refer to the building with its real name. Conceived by Dutch firm OMA, the building – love it or hate it – has become one of the most iconic symbols of the Chinese …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY MARCH 2018

    Art Affair New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are two of the world’s most important art institutions and, for me, must-sees on any trip to the city. In addition to showing the remarkable works of Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and David Hockney among many others, the …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

    Winning personalities Last year saw some monumental developments. Here in Asia, the topping-out of Shenzhen’s Ping An Finance Centre has altered the city’s skyline and redefined the world map of tall buildings. Further afield, there’s the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, while the spaceship-like Apple Park imagined by Norman Foster in California lifted off in …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY DECEMBER 2017

    DECONSTRUCTING THE GLASS CEILING Seven years ago, I began my career at a company where the majority of staff are women – only two, at that time, were men. That was Vogue China. Helmed by the Chinese version of Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, the editor-in-chief is leading a female crusade that …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY NOVEMBER 2017

    REVISITING HISTORY The Italian city Bologna has long been celebrated as a gastronomic capital. Most recently, it has also become the principal showcase for state-of-the-art ceramics. Each year, the best of Italian bathroom and tile-makers gather in the terracotta-hued city of Cersaie to discuss trends, and advances in design and manufacturing. Perspective took a day …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY OCTOBER 2017

    Past, present, future London’s Victoria and Albert Museum – known by all as the V&A – has long been in the vanguard of international art and design exhibitions, constantly pushing the boundaries of interpretation and understanding. In addition to its countless galleries displaying paintings, sculptures and ceramics, it has staged special exhibitions on subjects as …

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  • PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY SEPTEMBER 2017

    A NEW PERSPECTIVE We live in a world of constant and rapid change. New technology, new materials and young talent, among other factors, make our environments dynamic yet demanding. How, when and where we get news, information and inspiration continues to develop at a seemingly relentless pace. This is certainly happening in the spheres of …

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