Leisure Destinations and Village Renewal

Leisure Destinations are the newest form of property management. The major components are emphasis on both CULTURE and ENVIRONMENT. The advantage of such a definition is to all the parties involved. It creates a tax revenue for the government, jobs for developers, new opportunities for otherwise forgotten communities, and sustainable environmental control and improvement for unused or exotic regions. This relatively new treatise of property management generates new areas of commercial activity and travel opportunities for the the domestic market as well as builds unique residential and commercial properties.

There are standard rules of this sort of development, specifically as concerned the use of materials and the education of existing communities, that I will not go into here. However, I will show a progression of renderings that illustrate the process.

My experience has largely been in China’s Yunnan Province. Enclosed are;

Water Ink and the Cultural Corridor,

Doupo Village


The process is typically understood from large to small. The Preliminary Site Creative Analysis and Functions, Development, Activities, Structures, Details, Interiors

Site Plans; generally locate the best use of the topography, natural features and access routes.

Often, overlays directly onto CAD elevations are the way to go.

Focus on smaller area.

Which begins to identify in Bubble Chart functions

And can be best seen as strict Bubble Charts and Traffic Flows

This suggests structures to support functions and activities.

Which facilitates greater detail in Plan View


The Plans then go Vertical

Concept to Elevation  

Elevation to Detail

Structures, Resort Standards and Rebuilt Village Dwellings as Boutique Hotels, Commercial Zones, Cultural Centers, Activity Areas, Schools, etc.

Details are then employed to help facilitate construction costs.

Some sketches are employed for “temperament feelings” and moods.

Economical Luxury Interiors based on Local Cultures Blended Seamlessly with the Environment

Activities: Food Courts, Spas, Fishing Centers, Hiking/Horse Riding Trails, Cultural Events, Science Exhibits, Camping/Glamping, Outdoor Plays, Jeep Trail Blazing, Natural Settings, etc.


Smaller 5-Star Leisure Communities

Culture and Environment, an Optimum Leisure Destination


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The Short List

This is a compilation for speed scrolling, of some of my favorite works and on-site shots. (I cannot post current activities as I have signed a number of Non-Disclosure Agreements). If you have any questions you can contact me directly.



to be continued;




Village Theme Park

One of my personal fantasies is designing a theme park in a country village. I enjoy the idea to utilize simple and easy to maintain thrill rides, promote the existing culture and make use of the natural environment.

The marketing could emphasis these very concepts. Of course there would have to be an upgrade in the facilities, which basically means clean toilets and great farm fresh foods. For this the locals should be heavily involved, AND in order to do that (at least in China) education classes in general community and civic values (toilets, trash, general maintenance, etc) and hospitality services. There is a streamlined list of requirements for this that I will not be listing here. For that,,,, you can employ me.

Here are some samples of the idea, which I find incredibly charming, terribly personal, very human and an opportunity to redefine the paradigm of outrageous theme parks. Remember; fun is your little girl laughing in a tea-cup ride.

Park Entry

Street Scape


Scenic Elements

Train Ride Commercial Zone


Scenic Elements


Children’s Zone

General Mix of Simple Rides and Village


Food Court

Dark Ride Entry



Village Reconstruction Samples

On occasion projects are concerned with a redo of existing neighborhoods in countryside towns. This calls for a redefinition of land use. Here are some samples of this process.

Basic Master Plan


Individual/group dwelling development


Group Structures

3/D Sketch of Area

Attached Neighborhood Water Park Development

Functional Placement

Structural Placement

More Development

Indoor Water Park Structure

Indoor Structure First Floor

Second Floor



Structure Elevation


Tower Details

Musical Fountain

Surface Details

Auxiliary Sketch


Heyuan Spa and Water Park

Heyuan Spa and Water Park, -Pearl Delta-

One of my first projects with EDSA Beijing involved a spa in Guang Dong Province.


Placement on topo

Master Plan in scale

Indian spa Plan

Indian Elevation

Indian EntranceEuropean Spa Building Samples

Euro Elevation

Entrance Icon Plan

Spa Entrance


Water Slide Tower and Pirate Ship

Volcano and Pirate Ship

Thai Spa Plan

Thai Spa Section

Thai Spa Elevation

Green Roofs (food producing) and Walls

In Shenzhen, I was afforded the opportunity to design and (help) install a roof-top garden in a financial district of Nanshan. It was a fun project, as I believe in roof-top gardens both lowering a city’s general heat signature and provide relief to office workers as it appeals to the basic sense of nature in all of us as many of us are not too many generations from being farmers.

Plan and some area details

Me in front of vegetable garden -before and after-, and concept drawing


Installation and design detail

Green Wall with a story

Roof-top fields

Farm house

Elevator Shaft and Machine Room Decorated

Real Farm House and Farmers tending crops

Multiple use space

Concept and corridor under construction

Long shot

Me having fun with green wall.

A Green Wall

My lovely wife harvesting chili.


Sketches from a Bus in China

Two years ago I got a job across town  -Shenzhen- which required a one hour bus ride starting at 7:am. I started early so I could get a seat, (I live in China) and refused to push or shove or be herded boarding a bus if I could help it. If I got a seat, I would spend the next hour staring into my lap and sketching vigorously on my drawing pad. Ostensibly, because I wouldn’t want to make eye-contact (with everybody’s -strangers all-bodies pressed closed to one another, eye contact is highly improbably), but largely because I have general anxiety and find relief in worlds that I create. Subsequently, I have hundreds of these drawings. Some good, some not so good, but all a reflection of my mind at the time riding a crowded bus and most, expressions of the human condition in a rather unflinching and raw manner.




and so it goes,,,,,,



Happy Warrior

It is has been noted by a beloved authority that I look “grumpy” in many of my posts. My only excuse is, that bringing dreams or reality to life, as is my passion and my experience, I must fight what I think are the forces of darkness, (mediocrity). The grumpy looking pictures are usually of me in the midst of this aspect of the creative process. Believe me, I love what I do and the drawing table and being on-site  are (aside from being with my family),  my favorite places to be. The boardroom, -not so much-, but there the passion for any project must be conveyed. Below are some more “happy-snaps” denoting the fact that; Yes, I am a happy warrior.

Somewhat Chronologically listed

Sir Stamford Raffles -designed and performed in Singapore’s National Day Parade 1996

On-site installation, Lost City Zhuhai, water park

On-site installation, Shanghai’s Ocean Aquarium

On-site installation Beijing’s Happy Valley

I am far-left, second row holding my friend Huang Huang the dog.

With architects and artists on-site in Beijing

With animals on-site, Huangzhou Safari Park

Installing water-feature dragon head, Splendid China, Shenzhen

Delivering impassioned speech about design and build.

Speaking to The Chinese Congress of Theme Park Development.

At the drawing table.

Being silly.

Working with others, in the office or the field.

and writing about it,,

I am happy to have a passion and a life that serves others bringing dreams to life!

Thank you!