Ordos 100 | Saturday & Sunday, June 28-29. The last days of the second phase of ORDOS100. Day 4 continued with the critiques of the 36 proposals that were previously presented. Day 5, Mr. Cai, the client, and FAKE Design offered the architects a late afternoon dinner, toasted around and wished them a good journey back home.
Followed a last tour through the ‘old Ordos’, taking a 38 kilometers drive to the new airport, while the sun was lightening up the green desert. Architects checked in and flew in two airplanes back to Beijing.
The ORDOS100-project is located in the Ordos Cultural Creative Industry Park and sits on a plot of 197 ha [in Ordos鄂尔多斯]. This project is part of the planning of a new 155 sq kilometers city in Inner-Mongolia, planned from scratch for a population of 200,000 in the year 2020. An impression of a city under construction. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | Ordos City”
Desert Dérive or Sand Situationism. The 100 architects involved in ORDOS100 visited the site on April 14. Ground has almost broken, trees have been planted, spring emerges and in comparison with our previous visit, sand has replaced snow.
On Thursday March 6 [after our weeklong City State Workshop (2008) ], MovingCities went on a field trip to Be’er Sheva[Beersheba], the largest city in the Negev Desert. In preparation for our research on desert cities we couldn’t miss this one, ‘the Capital of the Negev’. Be’er Sheva is the sixth largest city in Israel and has a population of approximately 200,000. The field trip was organized by architect Yuval Yasky, from the City/State Unit [http://www.citystateunit.com/] at Bezalel. On the program: Israel longest housing block, the quarter kilometer block, a model neighborhood and the Ben Gurion University. It was hot, intense, architectural and spoke of a belief in a future that never really happened. It seems.