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Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Part 2 of 2, Shanghai China

The Jetsons arrive on Earth: 
Abu Dhabi, UAE and Shanghai, China

part 2 of 2: Shanghai, China

Every once in a while you see buildings and structures designed by the worlds best architects and interior designers and you ask yourself am in a future time or still in 2011. Well I forget that all buildings today are being designed using very modern materials and technology allowing them to be bigger, taller, and in whatever shape we create in our imaginations. Increasingly US cities, still stuck n the boxy tall, and useful mentality are falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to these new, futuristic looking buildings and cities that the world is now begining to build. Two countries in particular, The United Arab Emirates, and China are at the forefront of this new modern construction. Why, simple, China has simply wiped out what was once urban slums and completely remodeled these areas from the ground up and The United Arab Emirates has transformed itself into the new mecca for tourism and vacations in the middle building on what once was desset dunes or arid land and transformed them into the beautiful gleaming cities of today.

Its not that the US, old Europe, and South America have fallen behind, but simply that they have to much History and build accordingly to preserve the traditional values of their cities. For example the Empire State building, while iconic and unimaginable in its time is now simply an old concrete beautful building but nothing that resembles the era of lets say 3012. Now of course do not for one minute think I want to get rid of the Empire State building for a Jetson's futuristic looking building out of China, I am simply saying that our cities do not look that way and I think the Empire state building and its top Spiral are the most amazing and beautiful sites of our world. Its a classic example of American ingenuity, design, creativity, and was the talk of its time. The Marble alone in that building make it one of our modern wonders. 

I am simply stating that starting from nothing is whag has allowed these countries to create these cityscapes. Please see below for my second part of a two part series showing Shanghai China, the second and in my opinion the most modern downtown of any city in the world, or of our time.

Enjoy the following pictures. As you approach the city it appears to look like a scene straight out of science fiction. Think back to the 1960's versions of what an alien city looked like and you will see Shanghai of today.. Its amazing.

The City as you approach from the Bay

Inside of it many homes in the modern, contemporary style
The City at night
The middlw of Downmtown with the world Financial Center
Its very modern Ferris Wheel



Inside one of its many gyms and fitness clubs

The Radisson Hotel

Another view of Downtown's Pudong District


Its many skyscrapers at night..

Its ultra modern bullet train system of transport between the airport and the city

Its like a scene from Mars Attacks.. Shanghai at night


Old and New Shanghai
Inside one of its many modern, contemporary homes











   




   




















































As I said, simply stunning level of both modern, contemporary, interior design and modern, contemporary architecture. The city is amazing to see an even more stunning in person. 


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