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Bert de Muynck | MovingCities published in the Feb-March 2013 issue of Mark magazine #42 an interview with Liangfu Ni 倪良富 and Haoru Chen 陈浩如 called The Brick Whisperer. Reporting from Ningbo 宁波, the text deals with the Chinese craftsman Mr. Ni who’s skilful use of recycled bricks in the Ningbo History Museum, the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and the Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion in Shanghai has elevated him to the ranks of celebrity, particularly in this part of the world. read more »
Recently MovingCities received Cities Without Ground [April 2012, ORO Editions], a publication by Adam Frampton, Jonathan Solomon and Clara Wong. The subject is the city of Hong Kong 香港 and the publication is – as the subtitle suggests – more a Hong Kong guidebook than a pamphlet, manifesto or analysis of a larger urban trend. A book review. read more »
To understand the forces shaping Ordos, one must also look beyond the empty towers built on debt and for speculation and consider the role of the automobile, both in terms of an industry and as an individual status symbol.
For the first issue of Portal 9 – a Beirut-based journal focused on cities in Arab countries – Bert de Muynck/MovingCities & Danish anthropologist Michael Ulfstjerne co-authored an essay on the construction and car culture in Ordos 鄂尔多斯. read more »
The Asia-Pacific Creative Landing Pad is a newsletter associated with the Asia Creative Transformations (ACT)-website. This issue checks in on the booming market for creative content in Asia, has an interesting update on the Ordos100-project, and, amongst others, features a MovingCities introduction to the Design & Fashion in China Mappings [commissioned by DutchDFA, 2012] called Capturing China’s Creativity (in two reports). read more »
Earlier this year, the German architecture magazine Bauwelt published ‘Satellitenstädte | Eine Stadt, neun Städtchen‘ [words by MovingCities, images by Arnd Dewald - featured in Bauwelt 7.2012]. The article deals with the phenomenon of the thematically and sketchy styled satellite towns [a Dutch, Nordic, Italian, Spanish, British, German, Canadian and even Chinese one] dotting the periphery of Shanghai 上海. Visiting these areas wasn’t a fun experience but a rather depressing journey to the end of urbanism, to a far-fetched future, a suburban scam.
Download the German version directly [pdf (3.9MB)] , or read the full English version below. read more »
MovingCities received a copy of ‘Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities‘ [Birkhäuser, 2011] by prof. Peter G. Rowe [Harvard University]. The 200-page publication maps and describes the large development areas in big cities in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, as they are striking out into new territories. Both as an introduction to or overview of a multitude of large-scale projects in the East Asian region, the book clearly categorizes and discusses the emergence of large-scale urban constructs in the region.
A book review. read more »