March 24, 2007
Vietnam’s tallest building planned in Hanoi
Coralis Vietnam Co., an affiliate of SA Coralis of Luxembourg, has submitted the design of its proposed 65-story building, Vietnam’s tallest, to Hanoi authorities.
The 195-meter building, Hanoi City Complex, will be located at the intersection of Dao Tan and Lieu Giai streets in the capital’s Ba Dinh District.
The US$114.6-million building, the largest foreign-invested venture in the Hanoi real estate sector, will have apartments and offices for rent, conference halls, and a shopping mall, supermarket, cinema, and clinic.
An SA Coralis representative said the design of the building was based on the charm of the traditional Vietnamese garment, the ao dai, and the smiles of the Vietnamese people.
The skyscraper will take three years to build and is likely to be opened in 2010.
The country’s tallest building now is the 33-storey Saigon Trade Center in Ho Chi Minh City’s district 1.
Source: Tuoi Tre, VTC – Translated by Thu Thuy
June 27, 2006
Origami, Origayou (sorry!)
One of my great passions is Origami. When I was a small kid, I had an uncle who patiently folded all sorts of figures for me: birds, flowers, boats, etc.. He didn’t have any money so he practiced with old newspapers. I loved all his creations and collected the ones he made for me for a long time.
As I grew older, I gradually realized that my uncle’s pieces were simple and crude, and I only kept a couple of them, for their sentimental value. Nowadays, the art of origami has matured and evolved a lot. Instead of the usual cranes and frogs, origami artists are now boldly pushing the envelope and thinking outside the box, to use two tiresome clichés. For example, the piece above is a woman in ao dai, made by Phạm Diệu Huy, a member of the Vietnam Origami Group [http://www.vogvn.org/?view=index&language=English].
There are thousands of other websites dedicated to origami. One of the most famous is Joseph Wu’s website at http://www.origami.as/home.html.
I myself like the buddha shown below. It was made by Takashi Hojyo, whose website is at: http://www11.ocn.ne.jp/~origami/
His works are also shown at: http://www.damnfunnypictures.com/html/Cool-Origami.html
posted by Buddhist with an attitude @ 11:24 PM