Shanghai >> Shenzhen | aerophotography

Shanghai - Shenzhen | December 4, 2015
Shanghai - Shenzhen | December 4, 2015

Earlier this month, MovingCities flew from Shanghai 上海 to Shenzhen 深圳.
In the past we have contextualized our aerophotography adventures by introducting a 24-year old Portuguese priest making real airplanes (from real paper) in 1709 (here) or discussed the relation between aerophotography and the work German apothecary Julius Neubronner [1852-1932] (here). This time around, we an introduce A. F. Mozhaisky [1825-1890] – an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy, aviation pioneer, researcher and designer of heavier-than-air craft (source).

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Three Pathways to Get Anywhere by Anna Kostreva

MovingCities publishes a fragment from “Three Pathways to Get Anywhere (Except When There Is a Dead End)” [Rough Beast, 2015], a book by Anna Kostreva, edited in close collaboration with Joey Horan, designed by Studio YUKIKO.

Three Pathways to Get Anywhere | Anna Kostreva, Rough Beast 2015
Three Pathways to Get Anywhere | Anna Kostreva, Rough Beast 2015

Three Pathways to Get Anywhere (Except When There Is a Dead End)” is a collection of essays, poems, and fragments that forms a constellation of a young architect’s reactions to East Asian cities, personal narratives of traveling solo, and musings on how the unique and foreign may or may not inhabit global practices.
MovingCities is pleased to feature a fragment – dealing with the urban transformation of Shanghai 上海 – from this recently published book by Berlin-based architect and writer Anna Kostreva, edited in close collaboration with Joey Horan, designed by Studio YUKIKO and published by Rough Beast.
Info, fragments from an accelerated city walk, pictures and preview after the break. Continue reading “Three Pathways to Get Anywhere by Anna Kostreva”

VHILS | Dissecting the City | MARK magazine#52

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. Continue reading “VHILS | Dissecting the City | MARK magazine#52”

ADAPTATION 应变 | La Biennale di Venezia exhibition at Palazzo Zen

ADAPTATION 应变 – architecture and change in China 中国的建筑和变化 // La Biennale di Venezia – Architecture 2014 Collateral Event // Curators 策展人: Marino Folin 马力诺·福林 & MovingCities [Bert de Muynck 伯德孟 & Mónica Carriço 莫妮卡·卡瑞苏] Architecture/exhibition design 建筑/空间设计: O-OFFICE 源计划 工作室 Organizer 主办单位: EMGdotART Foundation 雅伦格文化艺术基金会 Supporter 协办单位: EMG 雅伦格



EMG set up EMGdotART Foundation [in 2012] – the first art and culture foundation established by a Chinese enterprise, to have a permanent gallery and headquarters in the heart of Venice, Italy.
Taking place on the ground floor the historic Palazzo Zen 禅宫 – newly renovated by Chinese architectural studio O-OFFICE 源计划 工作室ADAPTATION 应变 – selected as one of 21 Collateral Events – is curated by Marino Folin & MovingCities. Presenting a profession in progress, the exhibition features recently completed projects, some even under construction [others on research-phase] – by 11 Chinese architectural practices – through the media of photography, architectural models, sketches, design objects, reels and newly commissioned audio-visuals.
A productive preview and last updates after the break. Continue reading “ADAPTATION 应变 | La Biennale di Venezia exhibition at Palazzo Zen”

Guardian Cities | city bloggers

The Guardian Cities | Global city bloggers
The Guardian Cities | Global city bloggers

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]. Continue reading “Guardian Cities | city bloggers”

MovingCities | Instagram

MovingCities on instagram: @movingcities_org
MovingCities on instagram: @movingcities_org

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. Continue reading “MovingCities | Instagram”

Shanghai | 2013 Westbund Biennial

Vertical Glass House 垂直玻璃宅 by Yung Ho Chang 张永和|2013 Westbund Biennial Shanghai
Vertical Glass House 垂直玻璃宅 by Yung Ho Chang 张永和|2013 Westbund Biennial Shanghai

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. Continue reading “Shanghai | 2013 Westbund Biennial”

ABITARE China #34 HUTONG /Adaptation

《ABITARE 住》'Hutong/adaptation' | Guest-edited by MovingCities, 2013
《ABITARE 住》'Hutong/adaptation' | Guest-edited by MovingCities, 2013

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》#34 [September 2013]. Continue reading “ABITARE China #34 HUTONG /Adaptation”

TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari

TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari | September 16, 2013
TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari | September 16, 2013

Last September, MovingCities was invited by Regione PugliaARTI [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. Continue reading “TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari”