Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist VHILS – born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987] – has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in Shanghai 上海, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS now condenses his findings in his home town Lisbon, drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. MovingCities published, in the October-November 2014 issue of Mark magazine #52, an interview with Portuguese street artist: read VHILS | Dissecting the City. Read more »
After an August-hiatus, ADAPTATION – architecture and change in China 《应变——中国的建筑和变化》 – a Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by prof. Marino Folin & MovingCities – opens again at Palazzo Zen 禅宫 next Monday, September 1, 2014.
In this update we put the spotlight on the renovation of Palazzo Zen, headquarters of EMGdotART Foundation -done by Guangzhou 广州-based architecture office O-office Architects 源计划 工作室. Read more »
Contributing to the Newsletter#68 [Summer 2014] of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) on the topic of ‘HUTONG | adaptation‘ and featured as a case-study in the UNESCO’s Creative Economy Report 2013 [Special Edition], MovingCities has been mentioned around in the past months.
Both report and newsletter have a person half-hidden behind a camera on their cover.
Background, links and info after the break. Read more »
During the past few months, MovingCities has been moving around – in China and in-between China and Europe. We saw cities stitched together by runways, gazed upon the world from our windowseats. A selection of 20 – aerophotography – images from recent arrivals in and departures from Lisbon, Brussels, Shanghai 上海 and Kunming 昆明市.
And a short introduction to a 24-year old Portuguese priest making real airplanes (from real paper) in 1709. Read more »
Mark magazine has turned 50! Contributing since 2007, Mark magazine has been one of the premier supporter and enablers of MovingCities‘ discursive development – including interviews with Ai Weiwei | I jumped on the wrong train , Wang Shu | Local Hero , Sun Jiwei | Major Forces , JR | City Faces , Andra Matin | interview  and essays about ORDOS100 | Babel for Billionaires , Illegal Copying  and Preservation Playground . A sincere congratulations and thank you to Mark magazine [subscribe!], and especially to their excellent editors Arthur Wortmann and David Keuning.
In their celebratory June-July 20114 issue of Mark magazine #50, MovingCities published ‘Reality Check Shanghai‘ revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the Himalayas Centre by Arata Isozaki, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the Giant Interactive Group’s headquarters by Morphosis. What has become of them? Read more »
On Thursday June 5, ADAPTATION – architecture and change in China 《应变——中国的建筑和变化》 – a Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice – opened at Palazzo Zen 禅宫. Presenting recent work from 11 Chinese architectural practices, ADAPTATION 应变 is curated by Marino Folin & MovingCities , and organized by the EMGdotART Foundation.
The exhibition, on display untill November 23 – is selected by Wallpaper* Architecture as one of the top 25 exhibitions to visit during this Biennale Architettura 2014.
Impressions of an opening event after the break. Images courtesy of Interpress Photo.
EMG set up EMGdotART Foundation [in 2012] – the first art and culture foundation established by a Chinese enterprise, to have a permanent gallery and headquarters in the heart of Venice, Italy.
Taking place on the ground floor the historic Palazzo Zen 禅宫 – newly renovated by Chinese architectural studio O-OFFICE 源计划 工作室 – ADAPTATION 应变 – selected as one of 21 Collateral Events – is curated by Marino Folin & MovingCities. Presenting a profession in progress, the exhibition features recently completed projects, some even under construction [others on research-phase] – by 11 Chinese architectural practices – through the media of photography, architectural models, sketches, design objects, reels and newly commissioned audio-visuals.
A productive preview and last updates after the break. Read more »
ADAPTATION 应变－architecture and change in China 中国的建筑和变化 MovingCities has been a little away, a bit absent, yet adapting ourselves to new horizons and cities. Today, we’re pleased to announce that together with prof. Marino Folin we are curating an exhibition around the concept of ‘adaptation, architecture and change in China‘. Selected as one of 21 Collateral Events that will take place alongside the other official exhibitions during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition [June 7 – 23 November 2014, Venice], ‘adaptation’ presents a profession and construction culture in progress, in China. The exhibition will take place at Palazzo Zen 禅宫, a cultural venue of EMGdotART Foundation, newly renovated by Chinese architectural studio O-OFFICE 源计划 工作室. A preview after the break, more to follow soon… Read more »
MovingCities published, in the March-April 2014 issue of FRAME magazine #97, an interview with Lyndon Neri 郭锡恩 & Rosanna Hu 胡如珊 [NHDRO] looking back at their triumphant first decade in Shanghai 上海 while discussing project such as Design Republic Design Commune (Shanghai, 2012), Le Meridien HOtel (Zhengzhou, 2013) and FARINE (Shanghai, 2013). During the past decade, the couple’s venture into a range of creative disciplines has yielded an acclaimed diversity of furniture, interior design and architecture projects. Currently, they are exploring metropolises further afield, such as London, New York City, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Read more »