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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]. read more »

Hangzhou | metro & Hutouchen village

Hangzhou's Hutouchen Village 湖头陈村 in Chengxiang Town, Xiaoshan District | 2012
Hangzhou's Hutouchen Village 湖头陈村 in Chengxiang Town, Xiaoshan District | 2012

During the past few weeks MovingCities spend a considerable amount of time in Hangzhou 杭州. Besides lecturing at CAA, we ventured out into some unknown metropolitan territories. As the new Hangzhou Metro was recently opened, we embarked on a field trip to the end of the line and found Hutouchen Village 湖头陈村, a village soon to disappear. read more »

Shanghai demolition | Potemkin Paradox

Hanzhong subway station area | June 13, 2012 [click above to enlarge]
Hanzhong subway station area | June 13, 2012 [click above to enlarge]

On Wednesday June 13, MovingCities, along with German architect-photographer Arnd Dewald, went for an evening walk around the Hanzhong subway station area 汉中路站 [Line 1] in Shanghai 上海. After strolling with Arnd Dewald earlier in April around the Xiaonanmen Station 小南门站 area [Line 9], a second installment.
Night shots [large format selection] and introduction to the Potemkin Paradox. read more »

Shanghai | Xiaonanmen

Xiaonanmen Station Area | Shanghai, April 8, 2012
Xiaonanmen Station Area | Shanghai, April 8, 2012

On Sunday April 8, MovingCities, along with German architect-photographer Arnd Dewald, went scanning the area around the Xiaonanmen Station 小南门站 [Line 9] in Shanghai 上海. Arnd Dewald, who has been monitoring the area for a few months, is a great explorer and so we found ourselves walking in all kind of directions, wading through a world of destruction. read more »

Preservation Playground | publication

Preservation Playground | MARK Magazine#35
Preservation Playground | MARK Magazine#35

In Baoshan, a district on the northern outskirts of Shanghai 上海 known for its steel factories and shipyards, lays the Wendao Garden 闻道园. This garden covers an area of over 400 hectares and is a place where ancient houses from the nearby provinces of Anhui, Jianxi and Zhejiang are brought in and reconstructed. Last summer MovingCities visited the place and now MARK magazine published the story. Preservation Playground is online. read more »

Xi’An | destroyed district(s)

Xi'An erased | May 31, 2011
Xi'An erased | May 31, 2011

The High Price of the New Beijing‘ by Ian Johnson was just published in The New York Review of Books. In the piece, he assesses about six books on Beijing 北京 – all dealing with urban planning, art, destruction, architecture and urban renewal. A must read.
We’re reporting from Xi’an 西安 and on an encounter with local residents. read more »

10 X 2010 | MovingCities

Shanghai Jing'An District [January, 2010]
Shanghai Jing'An District [January, 2010]

A quick MovingCities wrap-up of the past year. A selection of 10 posts representing the way we have experiencing cities, architectures, travels, projects, research and writing in 2010. As ever, the selection is a metropolitan mix of construction, demolition, interviews, being on-the-move, projects and publications. Click on any of the images below to find out more. read more »

Yinzhou | urban change

'Yinzhou New Town' - Ningbo's Yinzhou District | October 10, 2010
'Yinzhou New Town' - Ningbo's Yinzhou District | October 10, 2010

Now the 2010 Shanghai 上海 World Exhibition is officially over and the theme of “Better City, Better Life” has been discussed from all possible angles, it is time to figure out how to implement all that has been said, pondered upon and promised. As can be seen from the picture above, the World’s Exhibit mascot – Haibao (meaning the treasure of the sea) – has not only been roaming the Expo site, but also has been acting as a treasurer for urban change and territorial renewal in Ningbo’s Yinzhou District 宁波市鄞州区. read more »

Shanghai | The Wrinkles of the City by JR

JR at work | Shanghai, October 21, 2010
JR at work | Shanghai, October 21, 2010

This week the French photographer and artist JR is working in and with the city of Shanghai on a project called The Wrinkles of the City 城市肌理. The anonymous artist hit this week the international spotlights, as he received the 2011 TED Prize for his work. In preparation for his upcoming show at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai, JR and his crew were working in a dilapidated area in Shanghai. MovingCities joined the artist on site, conducted an interview and returned with snapshots. read more »

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