NAAM – New Architecture Assembly Magazine – is a bilingual Farsi/English architecture and design magazine edited and published by the architecture students at University of Tehran (Iran). Contributing to its most recent issue – now fully available on ISSUU – and centered around the theme of ‘On the Edge of Architecture’, MovingCities wrote a piece dealing with the transformation of Shanghai 上海 called “A Fantasy on the Fringe of the Future“. Continue reading “A Fantasy on the Fringe of the Future | NAAM publication”
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]. Continue reading “ABITARE China #34 HUTONG /Adaptation”
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. Continue reading “Hangzhou | metro & Hutouchen village”
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. Continue reading “Shanghai demolition | Potemkin Paradox”
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. Continue reading “Shanghai | Xiaonanmen”
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. Continue reading “Preservation Playground | publication”
‘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. Continue reading “Xi’An | destroyed district(s)”
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. Continue reading “10 X 2010 | MovingCities”
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. Continue reading “Yinzhou | urban change”