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HIPSTER MOVES ACROSS THE RIVER

Remember Bangkok uber-starchitect Duangrit Bunnag, who  created The Jam Factory, on the Thonburi side of the Chaophraya River, across from Bangkok  (wrote about him in Duangrit Bunnag — Hipster Nikkei Asian Review

Now, Duangrit is back with the even bigger Warehouse 30, renovating a huge group of warehouses by the Portugese Embassy, in historic old Bangkok. My piece for the design special in Monocle Magazine.   Duangrit Bunnag Monacle May 2017

Duangrit Bunnag, far right, at the opening of his Warehouse 30 Photo by Ron Gluckman

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Record-breaking $3.5 Billion Development in Bangkok

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi made his fortune with Thai Beverages and Chang Beer, but is also Bangkok’s largest property developer. Now, he mounts his biggest project, and the largest in Thai history, One Bangkok, which promises to redefine the downtown.
In Forbes Magazine, for the Thai Rich List, or see attached: One Bangkok Forbes June 2017

Exclusive interview with Panot Sirivadhanabhakdi who is overseeing One Bangkok, the largest development in Thai history, for Forbes


 

Vivid Electrifies Sydney

Citywide spectacle makes iconic Opera House look like backdrop from acid-peak Pink Floyd
By Ron Gluckman
June 1, 2017 in the Wall Street Journal
Every community wants to boost tourism in the down time, usually winter months. Sydney not only created something unique from nothing, they utilized their iconic tourist assets in novel ways in creating the truly electrifying Vivid Sydney, an over three week carnival of art, ideas, music and mesmerizing light installation.s

Note: Vivid continues through June 17, 2017. Definitely a must-see

the iconic Sydney Opera House lit up on opening night of Vivid, the amazing festival of light, art, ideas and music.
By RON GLUCKMAN

Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art itself becomes a work of contemporary art at Vivid, the amazing festival of light, art, ideas and music.
By RON GLUCKMAN


Burma’s Hopeful Pictures

In a country famous for censorship, a bold photo festival launched under the radar, has blossomed into an unusual display of controversy and openness.

from the Wall Street Journal

Yangon Photo Fest WSJ Mar 17 2017 cut 

also see story on Yangon Photo Festival in Asia Times

http://www.atimes.com/article/myanmar-freedoms-show-photographs/

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HOUSE OF LUCIE

Photo center is first for Bangkok, model for Asia
From Travel + Leisure Magazine
House of Lucie T+L Feb 2017

Famed photographer Steve McCurry, at opening of a career retrospective with Hossein Farmani at the new House of Lucie gallery in Bangkok Photo by RON GLUCKMAN

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HIPSTER ON THE RIVER

Bangkok architect Duangrit Bunnag designed many chic hotels and residences, but then he created The Jam Factory, turning a group of old warehouses in Thonburi into a mecca for new Thai Bohemians. Now, he’s got many projects in the pipeline and is the hottest architect in Thailand.

Duangrit Bunnag — Hipster Nikkei Asian Review

Bunnag’s standout restaurant at The Jam Factory. Photo by Ron Gluckman


The Silicon Valley of Surfing

Drawn by the waves at Bells Beach, a group of young surfers built businesses out of garages that became some of the biggest in Australia

In Forbes Magazine
Torquay Surfing Forbes Dec 2016

Chairman of the Boards. Russell Graham dropped out of school as a 14-year-old surfing nut and has been shaping boards ever since. He’s 70, and still surfs weekly, except when recovering from heart surgery. Photo by Ron Gluckman

Rip Curl was formed in Torquay by a pair of surf nuts who sewed wet-suits in a garage. Now it’s a global brand, but the passion for surfing still percolates through the company and its products, says Steve Kay, CEO for Asia-Pacific, at the company headquarters close to the surf in Torquay Photo by Ron Gluckman

 

Craig Baird, curator of the Australian National Surf Museum in Torquay: “Australia has almost as many champions as the U.S.; Australia punches way above its weight,” says Baird,. “One of the great things about surfing is that we’re all the same club. You grab a board, paddle out, and it’s the great leveler. The workers, the bosses, everybody is exactly the same on the waves.” Photo by Ron Gluckman

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Even among colorful Australian entrepreneurs, Robert Oatley was a giant

Legacy feature on Oatley, owner of Hamilton Island, wine and coffee pioneer
Robert Oatley came from a family of Australian pioneers, and his amazing career followed in the same can-do spirit. A lifelong boating enthusiast, whose sailing crews captured an unrivalled 10 Sydney-Hobart race victories, he road wave after wave of entrepreneurial success – trading in coffee and cacao from Papua New Guinea before both boomed, cashing out and creating vineyards and markets for Australian wines, then cashing in again to take over Hamilton Island and build it into Australia’s premium holiday destination. A look at the amazing career of Robert Oatley, and how his family is continuing the illustrious legacy. For Forbes magazine.
Oatley Australia Forbes Nov 2016

 

The Oatley empire is in fine hands, with son Sandy Oatley at the helm

 

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Even in Retirement, Yao Ming, Continues to Court Greatness

His calm, steady play and height earned him the nickname, Gentle Giant. But even after retirement, China’s most famous sports figure remains a giant inspiration to a new generation, thanks to his tireless work for charity, the environment, and basketball.
For the Wall Street Journal
Yao Ming Wall Street Journal

Yao Ming coaches at the annual All Star Games he hosts for children, mainly from China’s poorest provinces. He also sponsors the league through the Yao Ming Foundation.

Also – check back, coming in July, a big feature on Yao Ming in Forbes Magazine!