Haifa Fire Photo Diary – 24.11 – 29.11 2016 – Fire day and aftermath

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On the 24th of November 2016, the city of Haifa witnessed its first large scale fire. Its delicate greenery surrendered to extreme dry weather, and flames engulfed buildings burning apartments. Several urban nature spots were completely burned. In this photographed diary I describe my day by day experiences – from the day of the fire to field trips in affected areas.

Why being an avid traveler & backpacker makes you a better architect & city planner

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Exploring the world earns you important skills and tools to become a better architect and city planner; From developing sensitivity and feel for spaces, through learning communication skills to getting inspiration from vernacular architecture.

Venice Morning Concert – The people who make the city

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A footage of Venice in the morning with Vivaldi on the background became an editing Étude, an urban concert dedicated to those who make Venice – sweeping, collecting garbage, loading, carrying and unloading, through the meandering alleys and canals.

Trekking Alta Via dell’Adamello – Sentiero numero 1

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Trekking from Bazena through Rifugio Tita Secchi and Rifugio Maria e Franco to Passo di Campo – 24-26 June 2016

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Floating Piers – Lake Iseo – Impressions and Thoughts

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Visiting The Floating Piers was a once in a life time experience. A unique installation that enabled people to walk on water. A video, photo gallery, impressions and a few thoughts about the project and its “aftermath”.

Garo Hills Meghalaya India – People and Rural Life

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A visit to rural areas of West Garo Hills in Meghalaya, India, where unique traditional life is still kept by Garo People.

Becoming a Young Monk – Buddhist Ordination Mrauk-U Myanmar

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Four boys participate in a Buddhist Ordination ceremony to become novice monks. Two days of transformation of body and soul into a new chapter in life.

Pedestrian crossing sun shading – a simple solution with a huge walkability benefit

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Waiting to cross the street can be extremely annoying on hot summer days. Placing parasols on the sidewalk in front of pedestrian crossings may provide a relief and encourage walking.

Climbing Breithorn via Südwandsteig – Steinernes Meer – Riemannhaus Austria

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A beautiful day hike up Breithorn via Südwandsteig, with a beautiful rewarding view to Steinernes Meer, and a relaxing stop at Riemannhaus. A day in the Austrian Alps.

Hiking Kasern Italy – Birnlücke Pass – Krimmler Tauernhaus Austria

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A beautiful day hike crossing the Alps from Italy to Austria through Kehrer Alm, Birnlückenhütte and Birnlücke pass

Alpine Peace Crossing – Krimml to Kasern 2015 – Photo Gallery

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Photos from the events and walk of the 9th Alpine Peace Crossing – commemorating the 5,000 Jewish refugees who crossed the Alps on their way to the Land of Israel in 1947

Buzludzha Bulgaria – Monument Architectural Tour

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Discover Buzludzha Monument – a fine example of socialist/communist – brutalist architecture currently in decay. By video and stills we shall discover the unique architectural and artistic features of the site.

Tobacco air curing in Prilep Macedonia

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Tobacco leaves decorate the streets of Prilep in Macedonia as part of the curing process. Watch a clip of a family preparing the leaves for curing and enjoy stills of the colorful streets

Kozya Stena Hut – Entrepreneurship in Bulgaria Balkan Mountains

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Three enthusiastic young Bulgarians run an isolated large mountain hut. Without permanent electricity and no road connection, everyday life in the hut is a challenging task even in the 21st century. A glimpse into hut management and an original campaign for facilities improvement.

Sounds of the Old City – Jerusalem

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The Sounds of the Old City festival, is held for the fourth time in the Old City of Jerusalem, bringing various musicians to the vivid paths of the Old City

Mariovo – Macedonian forgotten paradise

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Visiting the enchanting landscapes of Mariovo, southern Macedonia, and the villages of Štavica and Manastir

Vitolište – A visit to a village lost in time

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The story of Vitolište in Macedonia is the story of numerous villages all over the world that were left to decay due to massive urbanization processes. We shall tour the village that once knew lively days, guided by Vane who used to live there as a child.

Warsaw Muranów Architecture Project – First Semester Summary

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Intervention in Warsaw / Muranów inspired by pre-war urban tissue. Summary of first semester of the project presenting historical development, values, commemoration issues, master plan and sample intervention ideas

Feeling/Filling Void – Warsaw / Muranów Architecture Project – Phase Three – Intervention

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Initial intervention ideas inspired by pre-war Warsaw urban tissue are presented through excerpts from a computerized model

Feeling/Filling Void – Warsaw / Muranów Architecture Project – Phase Two

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In this post we shall get a glimpse to pre-war Warsaw and its urban characteristics, followed by a comparison to current Warsaw, through aerial photos and analyses.

Iceland National Trail

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Iceland National Trail is an initiative to create a long circular hiking & biking route that passes through Iceland’s best locations, in order to spread tourism across the country, encourage encounters between visitors and locals and bring tourism as a source of income to remote communities.

Feeling/Filling Void – Former Warsaw Ghetto Architecture Project – Phase One

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I chose the former Warsaw Ghetto area as the site for the final Architecture and Town Planning studies project. In this post a summary of the first phase of the project is presented – observations, data analysis, history, conflicts, and finally architectural research questions, some ideas and relevant references

People of Iceland – Part B – Reykjavík, Menningarnótt

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Encounters with people of Iceland in the capital Reykjavík, most of them during Menningarnótt – “culture night”

People of Iceland – Part A – Throughout the island

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Excerpts from fascinating encounters with people of the country of ice and rocks, during a 40 days trip in Iceland. In this part – encounters throughout the island

Haifa Trail was launched by the first tourist and runner

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Haifa Trail was inaugurated, as Thomas Fietz, a Trail Runner from Germany, completed the 70 Kilometers of the trail in 15 hours, divided to two days. Thomas was the first to complete the whole trail, the first tourist on the trail, and the first to run it.

New York City Manhattan and Bridges Bike Ride Video

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My first bike ride in New York City, in the heart of Manhattan!
Experience the exciting ride yourself…

Syange, 15 Years Later – Annapurna Circuit Revisited

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A visit to the Nepali village of Syange, along the Annapurna Circuit trek, in 2011 carrying photos from the 1996 visit, creates wonderful opportunities for new-old acquaintances…

Manaslu Base Camp Nepal – Photos

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A steep climb takes trekkers and expedition members to Manaslu Base Camp – the first camp used by mountaineers on their way to the top of Mount Manaslu. Lets take a look how this climb looks like…

People of Manaslu region and Tsum Valley – Photos

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Whether it is a short “Namaste” greeting on the trail or “home staying” with a family, acquaintances with people of Manaslu region and Tsum valley in Nepal are joyful and inspiring. Meet some of these people…

Lodge development in Nepal Manaslu region raising concerns

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A notable construction of lodges currently takes place along the Manaslu Circuit trekking route. Locals identify the increase in trekker numbers and build new accommodation facilities, some of them quite different from traditional local structures

Photos from the social protest in Tel Aviv

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Photos from the social protest rally that took place in Tel Aviv streets and ‘Kikar Hamdina’ with approximately 300,000 participants.

Tel Aviv Tent City – photos from Rothschild boulevard

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The melting pot of the Summer 2011 social protest in Israel – Tel Aviv Rothschild boulevard tent city – in photos

New York City – Above, Below, People, Geometry

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A 24 hours visit to New York brings observation into the reciprocity of forms and people taking place above and below ground in the ‘Big Apple’.

Palm Sunday in Haifa

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Palm Sunday was celebrated today in colorful festivities in Downtown Haifa.
Here are some souvenirs from the events…

Post Carmel Forest Fire – The Line Between Black and Green

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Two weeks after the Carmel blaze back to the usual rambling at home – From Haifa to Beit Oren – and the inevitable but optimistic encounters with the fire aftermath

A Glimpse of Georgia – The country of natural and human beauty

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A Glimpse of Georgia (Gruzia), the wonderful Caucasus country rich with natural beauty and wonderful people…

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Opening Ceremony

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Photos from the opening ceremony of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

Slacklining in the Technion

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Everybody knows that being a student in the Technion means hard work. But during the breaks, it’s the students who challenge themselves…

Wenchi Crater Lake, Ethiopia – Photographed Journey

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An enchanting lake is situated inside a dormant volcano mouth in Ethiopia. Villages are scattered around the lake, making it a fascinating destination for hiking. Watch a photo gallery of this unknown paradise.

Delhi 2009 – Pahar Ganj area, Metro, Streets

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2009 Delhi is dazzling and enchanting as ever, but with a strong flavor of renovation. The fabulous Metro system, cellular everywhere, CNG operated rickshaws and even rumors about a Main Bazar face lift, bring a fresh sight to India’s vibrant capital.

People of Ethiopia – photos and presentation

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People of Ethiopia – A magnificent photo gallery

Tastes of Romania – Model 1999

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A journey to Romania in April 1999. It was a voyage back in time… Join a journey through Romania’s rural areas as well as some more familiar urban places, and meet its landscapes and people.

Tam Güneş tutulması – Total Solar Eclipse – Turkey 2006

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On March 26th, 2006, a total solar eclipse was visible from the Mediterranean cost of Turkey.
These pictures were taken about 30 kilometers East of Antalya.

Journey along China’s Yangtze rising water due to Three Gorges Dam construction

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A historical cruise along China’s Yangtze river, where people, villages and towns are relocated due to the rising water level following Three Gorges Dam construction.

Beijing Bird’s Nest National Stadium Construction, and neighboring area destruction

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A three months long journey is coming to an end, time to checkout the construction works of China’s national stadium in Beijing, which is going to be the focal point of the 2008 Olympic Games. Will I be able to go inside and explore?

Eerie Fengdu – The real Chinese Ghost City – A man-made quake

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A casual stop at a touristic site along the Yangtze river turns into a journey in a city being dismantled brick by brick. The Yangtze water level is rising due to the Three Gorges Dam construction, local people of Fengdu are relocated, their real city becomes a Ghost City, while tourists rush to see the other Ghost City that lies above – a tribute to the afterlife.

Gongtan – The charming Chinese village that will vanish soon

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A visit to a unique 1700 years old village-town in Chongqing’s remote Youyang County, which will be vanished underwater, due to the construction of the Pengshui Dam on the Wu Jiang (river).

Bulgaria Mountainous tour 2002

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Photos from Bulgaria – A trip in Rila, Pirin, Rodopi ranges with a climb to Vihren Peak, and visit in Shiroka Loka, Plovdiv, Sofia, Trigrad Canyon, Bansko and more…

Vietnam travelogue and photos

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Travelogue and Photos from Vietnam

Images from Turkey – Kaçkar, Cappadocia, and more…

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Images from Turkey – Kaçkar, Erzurum, Kars, Ani, Cappadocia, and more…