Archive for architectures
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 »
MovingCities published in the June-July 2013 issue of Mark magazine #44 an interview with Indonesian architect Adi Purnomo. In 2009, when we reported on a house and studio that he had designed for a photographer and art collector in Jakarta, we talked about architecture without air conditioning as part of a strategy tailored to the demands of a tropical climate (Green and Tidy, Mark 21, page 154).
It’s a strategy that still forms his point of departure, but today he has other concerns as well. For starters, he wants to accelerate his output. Read the full interview. read more »
Eastern Promises is an exhibition curated and designed by Andreas Fogarasi and Christian Teckert. On display at MAK Vienna untill October 6, 2013, the exhibition focuses on the promise of pioneering architecture in a selection of East Asian countries, including those by leading proponents of the contemporary Japanese scene and by independent Chinese offices. MovingCities contributed an essay to the EASTERN PROMISES. Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia [HatjeCantz, 2013]-catalogue. read more »
Mark magazine #44 hit the shelves last month!
And it is a special one, providing an unique and timely insight in what is currently happening in the architectural scene in Indonesia. Two extensive portraits by Bert de Muynck | MovingCities reveal Andra Matin as ‘a well kept secret in the architecture world’ and looks at the work of Adi Purnomo of mamostudio who thinks it is vital for the development of good architecture for practices to ‘involve artisans and builders in their designs’.
Make sure to secure your copy - order it here. read more »
The Shanghai Tower 上海中心大厦 is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Pudong district of Shanghai 上海. Recently, the Shanghai Tower celebrated its 4th anniversary of construction and today’s its skeleton is dominating the Shanghai skyline. MovingCities pays a close-up look, from its curtain wall over its concrete core to its steel structure. read more »