Archive for cities
February 14th, 2014 • cities, movingmemos
Tags: amsterdam, antwerp, bandung, baotou 包头, bari, beersheba, beijing 北京, bethlehem, brussels, cape town, chengde 承德, chongqing 重庆, enschede, evora, gällivare, ghent, guangzhou 广州, hangzhou 杭州, helsinki, hong kong 香港, jakarta, jerusalem, jingdezhen 景德鎮, johannesburg, liège, lisbon, macau 澳门, moscow, nanjing 南京, ningbo 宁波, ordos 鄂尔多斯, paris, rotterdam, seoul, shanghai 上海, shenzhen 深圳, stockholm, surabaya, swaziland, tomar, xi'an 西安, yogyakarta, zhuhai 珠海
Two weeks ago, the Guardian, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, unveiled a new section of its website — Guardian Cities — so to shine a spotlight on the urbanisation of the world, whilst highlighting resilience, environmental, sustainability, social, and poverty issues…
MovingCities is very pleased to be included! As such we’ve selected 45 urban images from our 460 posts-archive [see sitemap]. read more »
In 2013, MovingCities started using instagram [@movingcities_org] to capture our life in and above the cities, while on the move and wherever else we found ourselves: Shanghai 上海, Beijing 北京, Hangzhou 杭州, Chongqing 重庆, Guilin 桂林, Lisbon, Antwerp, Bari or Lecce.
Understanding these moments as fleeting impressions of spatial conditions that captured our interest, we feature a selection of 18 images that tie 2013 together. You can find the whole overview here, and follow us in 2014 here. 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 »
In June 2013, ABITARE China magazine invited MovingCities to guest edit its summer issue on the topic of (re)Design Heritage – Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City. We took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of the city of Beijing 北京: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong 胡同. Hence we came up with HUTONG /Adaptation as our unifying theme. Check this post for more background; read our Preface and TOC or order a copy of《Abitare住》#34 [September 2013]. read more »
Last September, MovingCities was invited by Regione Puglia & ARTI [Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation] to conduct a one-day workshop in Barivecchia (Old Bari, Italy). Under the program “TRY! – Training Regeneration Youth” part of “YOUTH ADRINET” -project, a group of 17 young participants attended this one-day workshop. We talked, shared, explored, speculated, mapped, discussed and observed. read more »
During the month of April, MovingCities spend three Mondays in Hangzhou 杭州 lecturing at the School of Architecture of China Academy of Art Hangzhou [CAA 中国美术学院建筑艺术学院] on the relation between architecture, urbanism and the movies. While travelling on the Shanghai–Hangzhou High-Speed Railway [also known as Huhang High-Speed Railway 沪杭高速铁路], we kept on documenting the changes and construction culture along the train tracks. read more »
Huangjueping Graffiti Street 黄桷坪涂鸦街 is said to be the largest graffiti art region in China and the world. While in Chongqing 重庆, MovingCities visited the area home to a number of galleries, studios, and art schools – most notably, the 501 Art Warehouse and Organhaus Art Space and the old campus of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute [SCFAI 四川美术学院]. read more »
Last week, MovingCities visited Chongqing 重庆. Located in the South-West of China and at the confluence of the Jialing River 嘉陵江 and Yangtze River 扬子江, this metropolis is one of the PRC’s four direct-controlled municipalities [the other three are Beijing 北京, Shanghai 上海 and Tianjin 天津]. Chongqing is know for a variety of reasons, one for its nearly 30 million inhabitants, another, maybe less known, that it has Asia’s longest escalator [112 meter].
In our first set of pictures we look at the city’s topography. read more »
The Embankment building 河滨大楼 [see our June 2012 + May 2011 coverage] is located in-between Henan Road Bridge 河南路桥 & JiangXi North Road 江西北路 [Hongkou District 虹口区]. Just behind this edifice is a large sprawling shopping area, which we started to call ‘Little Beijing‘. Recently MovingCities walked around this small pocket of urban informality and photographed the faces of JiangXi North Road 江西北路. read more »