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WAI in a week | by WAI [part II]

WAI Architecture Think Tank | Wall Stalker
WAI Architecture Think Tank | Wall Stalker

WAI Architecture Think Tank is this week’ MovingCities guest of honor:  Ever wondered what a week of WAI looks like?   WAI in a week – a coincidental look into the urban, architectural, artistic and homey Beijing 北京 life of architects Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski.
PART I featured urban stories, from Saturday to Tuesday, PART II till the end of the week. read more »

WAI in a week | by WAI [part I]

WAI Architecture Think Tank | Pure Hardcore Icons
WAI Architecture Think Tank | Pure Hardcore Icons

This week, MovingCities is handing over its website to WAI Architecture Think Tank [aka Workshop for Architecture Intelligentsia]. After receiving their WAIzine 2-publication, we wanted to offer WAI a forum that goes beyond a standard Q&A. Hence, WAI in a week – a coincidental look into the urban, architectural, artistic and homey Beijing 北京 life of Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski. PART I features urban stories from Saturday to Tuesday… read more »

Shanghai | Nø City Guide

No-City Guide | urbain-trop-urbain, 2012
No-City Guide | urbain-trop-urbain, 2012

Recently, Urbain, trop urbain published a staggering 714-page Nø-City Guide on Shanghai 上海. The guide isn’t your standard archi-app but an e-journal providing a subjective journey and discovery of this city. Presented as a hypertext stroll through the city, it documents a city and culture in change. It is an interesting bombardment of text and images. And all of that in French. read more »

Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert [part II]

Workshop in Shishiori on September 4th 2011 | by Sören Grünert
Workshop in Shishiori on September 4th 2011 | by Sören Grünert

In August 2011, architect Sören Grünert spend one month in Tōhoku, Japan, as part of the relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating March 11 eartquake and tsunami. After introducing the objective of his trip and providing insight into his first impressions [read part I]; in part II  Sören recalls the experience of participating in the workshop, the discussion with architects and local residents and the work on the area’s masterplan.
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Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert [part I]

Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert
Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert

In August 2011, architect Sören Grünert spend one month in Tōhoku, Japan, as part of the relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating March 11 eartquake and tsunami. After getting in touch with Archi+Aid, he was involved with work, along with local architects and communities, on a masterplan for Shishiori. For MovingCities he filed a double report. Part one: arrival in Tōhoku and the confrontation with a collapsed city. read more »

South Africa | Cape Town – by Mokena Makeka

Cape Town | January 6, 2011
Cape Town | January 6, 2011

Cape Town’s physical identity as a city is a direct result of human intervention, namely architecture and how it collectively shapes and informs street life and the character of the city. With an abundance of historical architectural fabric in the central city, our buildings tell an interesting story of our past,” so it starts our guest contribution – ‘Architecture and the City’ – by Cape Town-based architect Mokena Makeka [Makeka Design Lab]. A 1000 words and 23 images is where our 2010-11 South African journey ends. read more »

Santiago de Chile | Two Tales

Alejandro Aravena & Ricky Burdett | London School of Economics | by Levent Kerimol
Alejandro Aravena & Ricky Burdett | London School of Economics | by Levent Kerimol

While in Chile, MovingCities sporadic contributor Levent Kerimol visited the much acclaimed Elemental’s La Pintana and Lo Espejo housing projects and scanned Ciudad Abierta – Valparaiso University’s architectural playground (dixit Diego Grass Puga). Levent files a report and tells two tales of how an architect’s attempts to change the world are obstructed by his ego. read more »

Peter Rowe | interview part II

Central Academy of Fine Arts (Hangzhou) |  Image courtesy of Amateur Architecture Studio
Central Academy of Fine Arts (Hangzhou) | Image courtesy of Amateur Architecture Studio

Following up on part one of the interview with Professor Peter G. Rowe, the second half is directed towards understanding the mechanisms of the urban development that stem out of the Asian expanding metropolitan environment. Thereby questioning the notion of east-west and import-export relations in the field of architecture and urbanism, Peter Rowe reflects upon the urban development of Shanghai, emerging new forms of engagement amongst Chinese architects with the city, and the importance of “the temporal dimension” and how this would affect our practices. read more »

Peter Rowe | interview part I

Shanghai, November 2006
Shanghai, November 2006

In his second dispatch, architect Dan Handel interviews Professor Peter G. Rowe.
By providing insight into his study of the contemporary city in the Asian context Professor Rowe reflects on today’s development of research, understanding, communication and analysis of the metropolitan environment. The interview took place in Professor Rowe’s office at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, on the 29th of October.

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