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Kick-off Mi Destinations: Lisbon! Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: July 10th, 2017 Filed under: Mi destination

jason-briscoe-104295+pinphoto by Jason Briscoe.

From our office here in Rotterdam we were dreaming about a location for the holidays that combined a rich history, culture with a sultry summer vibe. However, summer or winter – you can’t go wrong with Lisbon! So we’re very glad to announce the city as our next Mi Destination for July and August.

Lisbon is actually one of the oldest cities in the world; in extend even the oldest city in Western Europe. And over the last years it has been rising as ‘the new capital of cool’! After the recession, we see the steep hills filing with cranes and the city is renewing quickly with creative energy.

So next to historical sights, you can find plenty of hipster hangouts and food courts. Although the green wine and fish restaurants are indispensable for your Portugal experience! In these next months we’ll take you together with our MIMOA mayors to broad variety the city has to offer.

Your favourite hotspots?

Lisbon collage 2You can definitely see this broad range reflected in all projects on our website! Ranging from musea and research centres (Museo do Oriente, Júlio Pomar Centre, Lisbon Oceanarium and ofcourse MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology ) to the bridge crossing the Tagus (Ponte Vasco da Gama). And from great pavilions (Atlantic Pavilion, Pavilion of Knowledge, Bar à Margem) to interesting shops (Icecreamshop Artisani, Optic Store André) and shading surfaces (Coffeeshop and shading surface).

We’d like to call on you to share your Lisbon favourites with us! Feel free to rate our existing listings on MIMOA. And hopefully, you’ll be able to add new locations and projects, via our online form. Login and go to menu > projects > add a project)or you can email us at editor@mimoa.eu.

 

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.
Read here more about Mi destinations >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
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Vancouver: Just for the sake of adventure! Author: Mieke, Posted: June 28th, 2017 Filed under: local stories, Mi destination

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photo of The aquatic centre at Hillcrest park by Hubert Kang.

“It doesn’t get any better then Vancouver, if you want to live in an urban environment and be close to nature", shares MIMOA mayor Manon Garritsen. Two years ago the illustrator/ designer moved from Holland to Vancouver with her family. ‘Just for the sake of adventure’.

The geographic setting of Vancouver is unique! Magnificent mountains, forests, the ocean and beautiful and peaceful islands surround the urban environment. Originally an industrial town, it combines multiple living aspects. “We have always dreamed of a place like this”, Manon tells, “and with our sons being 5 and 7 respectively at the time – timing seemed just about right to start the next adventure”.

Vancouverism at its best! Making a livable city
“Even though Vancouver is still a very car-based city, I love the ambition to be the greenest city of the world”, says Manon. Creating a liveable city is high on the agenda and it shows in the extensive amount of parks, playgrounds, and walkable streets.

Whilst it can be a challenge to go for a bike ride (sharing roads with cars + the ‘killing’ hills) the city is investing in bike-sharing systems and a more extensive bike network. “With the introduction of better electric bicycles, I’m sure people increasingly start using their bikes!”

Everywhere in the city, you can see the mountains or the ocean. No wonder, ‘Vancouverism’ has become an autonomous movement in urban planning!

A place where these elements al comes together is Stanley Park, the second largest park in North America. It includes a beautiful aquarium and outside swimming pool. You can cycle or run for more than 25 km non-stop along the seawall, while passing many beaches, outside pools, forest and marina’s. “I gladly take people there to visit!”

Albeit nature is the definite selling point for Vancouver; the multi-cultural melting pot of immigrants that came to Vancouver over the last 100 years make the city a warm and welcoming place. You can find a multitude of cuisine’s here!

The 3 favorite buildings of Manon in Vancouver:

1. Museum oif Anthropology
This light and spectacular building displays an impressive collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art. You should go on one of the very engaging free gallery tours to hear beautiful stories about the First Nations and their art. An endless inspiration. I should go again.
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2. Small Victory Bakery
This place saved me, when we just moved to Vancouver. When we were in the midst of buying beds, cutlery, a car and finding our way in Vancouver, this serene, light place (with the best coffee, people and treats) was a place in heaven!
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3. Beaty Biodeiversity Centre
Our kids love creatures, critters and whale sharks, so this museum was a must see with our boys. A gigantic blue whale (not a shark..) skeleton welcomes you when you walk in. An impressive collection 'playground' for kids and their parents.
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About Manon:

manonManon is an illustrator and surface pattern designer, based in Vancouver who loves to make simple, whimsical illustrations, print designs and patterns. In the past 20 years, she has been following her curiosity and has worked as Urban Designer, Product Designer, studied Fashion Design and founded her own company and online store. It became clear to her that there has always been one constant: the love for texture, drawing and getting a message across by means of to the point and attractive illustrations.
Manon’s illustrations and patterns have been used for home textiles, apparel, socks, bags, stationary, wall decoration, digital content and brand identities. She has had her work featured in several international publications including a.o. Design Milk, Western Living, Elle Decoration, Flow Magazine, Bright. Curious about her work? Visit: www.manongarritsen.com834B59B3-2CF7-4342-8170-4D194591C081Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.
Read here more about Mi destinations >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
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Kick-off Mi Destinations: Vancouver Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: May 30th, 2017 Filed under: Mi destination

header vancouver_blog_645+pin“What ‘aboot’ those Canadians, eh?”
In the upcoming month we are highlighting the best of Vancouver in Mi Destinations.

Over the last years I had the pleasure to work with many great and extremely kind creatives here in Amsterdam, who always seemed to be from the same place: Vancouver. Talking to them, I was surprised by the versatility of the place and it’s connection to nature and sports. My colleague Chloe told me, “No, we actually have an amazing beach in Vancouver Long Beach”.

My Euro-centered mind was boggled. Haven’t visited Canada, I didn’t exactly associate Canada much with the beach culture, let alone that this place been topping charts as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I fell into the old trap of cliché’s! Time to expand my horizons; here at the MIMOA headquarters agreed that Vancouver is the new perfect Mi Destination.

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Talking to Chloe has shown me how much her home ground fueled her love for the outdoors and active sports. And as you can see on our list on MIMOA – that has been shining through in the current list of architectural sights we have on our site. The Vancouver Olympic Centre, The aquatic centre at Hillcrest park and The Richmond Olympic Oval are topping our list.

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photo by JoJo Das/a>.

Vancouverites, we are convinced you have a lot more to offer when it comes to your cultural en architectural gems. Share your cabinporn! We know you are hiding some cool surf shelters and ‘architectural globes’ in your rainforests. ;)

Thus, we are inviting you to rate an review existing listings on MIMOA. And hopefully, you’ll be able to add new locations and projects, via our online upload form (login and go to menu > projects > add a project) or you can email us at editor@mimoa.eu

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.
Read here more about Mi destinations >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
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Mi Destination: Sara’s favorite sights Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: May 23rd, 2017 Filed under: Mi destination

Sara’s love for Singapore runs deep: “If I would be offered a job there, I would certainly head back. I try to visit at least once every two years.” In this blogpost she shares her favorite sights and stories of the island.

"During my time as a tour guide, I’d loved to uncover the hidden gems around the island. The stories of the development of certain sights are amazing; buildings under construction are my favorite places to visit. It offers a deeper perspective and understanding of an area and why a building is constructed."

Also, during the tour she used to go for local dishes. “Just thinking about curry puffs, chicken rice and laksa makes my mouth water!” The things you definitely must see while visiting Singapore, according to Sara, are:

Model_of_Singapore_Central_Area_-_taken_from_Singapore_City_Gallery_Third_Floor,_Mar_2014photo: Model of Singapore Central Area by Daigordai

1. URA Singapore City Gallery: various models of the city. The model of the city center at scale 1:400 is a resemblance of the real city. Every new project needs to be tested in this model before building permits are granted. It offers a great overview of how architecture has changed over the years.  

Pinnacle Duxton & IM Pei Singapore

photos by Sara Caris: The Pinnacle @Duxton (l) and The Gateway (r).

2. The Pinnacle @Duxton:  a social housing complex with running track from ARC and RSP architects. It combines 6 huge apartment buildings connected by 2 running tracks. This social housing complex was built after a design competition, the first of its kind.  A fun thing to do, it’s also possible to visit one of the tracks!

3. Gate Way East and West: 2D building (IM Pei):  “A golden oldie, but I love how these buildings look flat from certain angles. When the windows are being washed, it looks totally surreal”.

Do as the Singaporeans do…

"Singapore has an amazing atmosphere, there you feel the energy vibrating and opportunity is buzzing all around. The Singaporeans are very inquisitive and explorative by nature, they always want to know what you have eaten – simply to make sure you are OK. "

“What absolutely amazes me is that the Singaporeans, as citizens, are very much involved in the development of new buildings from the start. When starting a new building project, the government arranges shuttle busses and food courts for people at the construction sight so they can just get a ‘sense of place’. For them it's fun trip, to check out new projects – they are led by their curiosity." 

"In short, Singapore has a very hands-on approach when it comes to getting people involved in city making. "In Western culture, we could certainly learn a lot of their openness and care!"

 

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.
Read here more about Mi destinations >>

This month the Mi destination is: Singapore. Sara Caris is MIMOA Mayor of Singapore. Read more about her here >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
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Discover hidden gems in Singapore Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: May 11th, 2017 Filed under: Mi destination

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MIMOA Mayor Sara Caris shares one of her favorite tours in Singapore: The Bras Basah Bugis tour.

"I developed this tour because there is great mix of modern and slick architecture and the real Singapore.  I wanted to show people something different than China Town, Little India and Sentosa. The best parts are to visit the National Library outdoor terraces, but also LaSalle school of the arts is very impressive the way out door and indoor are connected. Lasalle was also the first building that triggered me to find the hidden modern gems in Singapore."
Download here the tour map >>

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
Join the MIMOA community >>

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