Archive for architectures
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 »
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 »
Last December – after the Double Rural book launch at the HKU Shanghai Study Center – MovingCities received a copy of Homecoming – Contextualizing, Materializing and Practicing the Rural in China [Gestalten, 2013]. The book – edited by Christiane Lange, John Lin 林君翰 and Joshua Bolchover – presents work and thoughts by “architects [that] are offering resistance against the rapid urbanization that has dominated the Chinese landscape“. Homecoming is a timely publication, but also the result of a strange harvest. Sisyphus in China, a review. read more »
Published in December 2013, MovingCities guest-edited a special bilingual [Chinese/English] 90-page issue of the Chinese architecture magazine Urban Flux 城市空间 设计 [vol 34 /2013-6] entitled “INDONESIAN ARCHITECTURE: TROPICAL AND EMERGING” 新兴崛起的印度尼西亚热带建筑. With this special report MovingCities, along with Indonesian architect Danny Wicaksono, gives a comprehensive overview of contemporary Indonesian architectural practices and insight into contemporary tropical architectural design. read more »
MovingCities published, in the December-January 2013-14 issue of Mark magazine #47, an interview with Chinese architect Hua Li 华黎, founder of the Beijing 北京 -based practice Trace Architecture Office 迹·建筑事务所 (TAO).
TAO is one of those smaller-scale Chinese outfits that possess an intriguing ability to operate on the fringes of urban, rural and regional architecture, thus creating an approach and a language that in each case bears a unique signature. TAO’s projects and their locations “still have diversity and are not yet globalized, but they do reveal traces of local materials and construction techniques.’” Read the full interview. read more »
In few days time, the 2013 WestBund Biennial in Shanghai 上海 will close its doors. While MovingCities attended the opening ceremony on October 20, we went for a re-visit last week. That day, we found that several pavillions, including the main exhibition hall, were already shut down [and that one week prior to the official end]. We experienced a new type of event. In contrast with celebrated and well-communicated pre-openings, why not include the silent pre-closure as part of the program as well? Background to the biennial and the revitalization of the Westbund Riverfront. read more »
Last Monday, the second-year architecture students at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre presented their final projects. Dealing with ‘Architectural Urbanism‘, the 26 students in the studios of Pascal Berger [HKU Shanghai Academic Director], Elena Perez Garrigues and Zhu Xiaofeng 祝晓蜂 showed their design proposals, maquettes and thoughts of their 3-month stay in Shanghai 上海. read more »