Completely filmed by Diego Grass Puga | 0300TV before 2008’s Beijing Olympics and edited right after its ending, “CHINA ACCORDING TO CHINA” presents a set of thoughts by five local architects on China’s current situation and history. Continue reading “CHINA ACCORDING TO CHINA | 0300TV”
“What is exactly happening here?” | movingcities.org
Back in the pre-Olympic Beijing times, when Beijing’s urban development was in full force, fast forward, closely watched and mesmerizing, the paths of MovingCities and 0300TV crossed in a very fruitful and productive way. 0300TV is, to us without any doubt, the web’s premier architectural television channel. Ran from Chile, the ass of the world as architect/director Diego Grass Puga described his native country to us, 0300TV is a collective of highly creative architectural aficionado’s.
Diego Grass Puga, along with two camera’s, some tripods, empty dvd’s, a mind full of architecture, a critical state of mind to look behind the facade of hype and hyper-development and a desire to capture the essence of contemporary Chinese practice, interviewed MovingCities for the “CHINA ACCORDING TO CHINA” documentary he is working on.
The documentary is completely filmed before 2008’s Beijing Olympics and edited right after its ending and presents a set of thoughts by five local architects (Ai Weiwei/FAKE Design, Wang Shu/Amateur Architecture Studio, Qingyun Ma/MADA s.p.a.m., Jiang Jun/URBAN CHINA Magzine, and Yu Kongjian/Turenscape) on China’s current urban and architectural development. The documentary is now available for watching and downloading on the 0300TV-website. We will post, in the coming days, on the content of it.
We took Diego Grass Puga on Line13 – MovingCities’ open air office – and stopped in BeiYuan subway station. At the time we were in full preparation for the Line13 SUPERLINEARITY-workshop and thought it would be good to conduct the interview in a setting without context. On an abandoned and seriously dilapidated children-playground, located next to a freshly demolished dog training center, we found the left-overs of a culture of leisure and appropriated it instantaneously.
For now some pictures of the interview itself, while in the coming days we provide some background to the “China According To China” documentary. As we don’t want to limit your curiosity, have a look at 0300TV.
Mark Magazine had in August/September its 15th issue out. Bert de Muynck | MovingCities contributed to it with an article on ORDOS100. From our ORDOS100 Embedded Architects-perspective, yes, we need the eye of a fly to see the multitude of architectures that grow in the Inner-Mongolian desert, this piece gives an insight in the development of the project during its two first meetings, in January and April 2008. Continue reading “Babel for Billionaires | publication”
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.
Friday, June 27. Day 3 of phase II of ORDOS 100. The 36 architects that presented their proposals on the first day received their critiques. The others lounged in the hotel or went for a site visit. Mónica Carriço | MovingCities joined the desert trip visiting the site with Inês Vieira da Silva & Miguel Vieira | SAMI Arquitectos [Portugal]. Continue reading “ORDOS 100 | site visit”
Thursday June 26. Day 2 of the second phase presentation of ORDOS100. Another 36 architects presenting another 36 villa’s. From 9 o’clock onwards the bombardment started, only to end 9 hours later. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | presentation phase II”
Wednesday June 25. Day 1 of the second phase presentation of ORDOS100. 36 architects, 36 villa’s, 36 presentations, 36 thousand square meters of creative thinking. A bombardment of ideas on a plot somewhere in Inner-Mongolia. 9 hours of words and images. Interrupted by a lunch break.
In the center of the meeting room one finalized model, featuring the 100 proposals, around which the architects gathered. All architects and models meticulously being scanned by the jurors Ai Weiwei (FAKE design), Wang Shu (chief architect Amateur Architecture Studio) and Cui Kai (chief architect of China Architecture Design and Research Group). A snapshot impression. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | presentation phase II”
ORDOS100 concluded its third and last meeting. Between June 24 and June 29, the 72 international architecture offices of ORDOS100 phase II came back to Ordos, Inner Mongolia. movingcities attended this meeting, absorbing 72000 square meters of villa’s in five days, that is 600 square meters an hour. An impression of the opening evening.
Continue reading “ORDOS100 | conclusion phase II”
Bert de Muynck | MovingCities publishes ‘ORDOS100: avant-garde architecture in the desert‘ on the ArtForum Chinese website. A short impression of the phase II meeting in Ordos 鄂尔多斯 and the site visit with the desert designers.