Inside the decaying courtyard
Inside The Decaying Courtyard
Yesterday I followed a lead to Lánzhōu Public Housing 蘭州國宅, a KMT authoritarian era project in central Datong District 大同區, Taipei 台北. It is similar to Nanjichang Community 南機場社區, a far more well-known housing project in Wanhua District 萬華區, but this building was constructed almost ten years later in 1973.
Mar 2017
A Spanish colonial building on the edge of Intramuros
The Ruins of the Aduana Building
The Aduana Building, also known as the Intendencia, is located just outside the walls of Intramuros, the historic center of Spanish colonial Manila. Originally built as a customs house in the 1820s, it has undergone several cycles of destruction and renewal starting in 1863, when the building was almost completely…
Feb 2017
Looking northwest from Liyushan 鯉魚山 in Taitung City
South Taiwan Ride 2015: Taitung City
Taitung City 台東市, the administrative capital of Taitung 台東, was my final destination on a multi-day bicycle tour around southern Taiwan 台灣 in the summer of 2015. Previously I shared words and photos from every day on the road so this post will act as something of an epilogue. Start…
Jan 2017
Textures and geometry in the ruins of Taichung
An Empty Shell on Dayong Street 大勇街屋
The south side of central Taichung 台中 is undergoing massive changes with the opening of the new Taichung Station. Formerly one of the most rundown parts of urban Taiwan 台灣, it is now the front of the station, and many old and decrepit buildings like this house on Dàyǒng Street…
Jan 2017
Exterior view of Donggong Theater 東宮戲院
Donggong Theater 東宮戲院
Dōnggōng Theater 東宮戲院 is located in Dongshi, a Hakka majority township in mountainous central Taichung 台中. Dongshi (or Tungshih in the older Wade–Giles Romanization system) is the gateway to the densely forested interior and was a major center of the lumber industry in Taiwan 台灣 prior to its decline in…
Jan 2017
A little heaven in disaster areas
Iron Butterflies in the Scorched Ruins of Old Taichung
The new year dawns and I’m out on the streets with a ragtag group of approximately 50 people convened by the man behind Writing Taichung 寫作中區, a blog dedicated to exploring local history and culture through writing and illustration. The event is essentially an urban exploration walking tour, and while…
Jan 2017
The former Xizhou Telecom Bureau 溪州原電信局
Xizhou Telecom Bureau 溪州原電信局
This week I visited the small town of Xizhou 溪州 in southern Changhua 彰化 to locate the eponymous Xizhou Theater 溪州戲院. I found no way into the theater but made a serendipitous discovery while walking around the block in search of another access point. Across the street I noticed the…
Dec 2016
Taichung’s Zhongsen Theater 中森戲院
A Requiem for Zhongsen Theater 中森戲院
Taichung 台中 is changing fast. The historic downtown area, formerly one of the worst examples of inner city blight in the nation, is presently undergoing a massive urban renewal effort. Some decaying and disused commercial buildings have been restored, many more await their fate, and others have been demolished before…
Dec 2016
The main entrance to Shuangxi’s Donghe Theater 東和戲院
The Ruins of Donghe Theater 東和戲院
Dōnghé Theater 東和戲院 is an obscure ruin in the small historic town of Shuangxi 雙溪 in the mountains of eastern Xinbei (New Taipei) 新北. Despite its diminutive size and remote location the town has a history going back to the Qing dynasty era. During the mining boom of the early…
Dec 2016
The entrance to Xizhou Theater 溪洲戲院
A Glimpse of Xizhou Theater 溪州戲院
Some people are into urban exploration for the optics—they love visiting the most visually-impressive places and taking cool photos—but I’m more interested in solving puzzles and documenting history. Animated by curiosity, I have become proficient in navigating the Chinese language web in search of leads. Not all of these turn…
Dec 2016