The Colours of…. | Birkhäuser publication

The Colours Of.... | Birkhäuser, 2015

Recently, Birkhäuser published “The Colours of…“, a 376-page publication, including 250 color illustrations – by Iwan Baan, Christian Richters, Roland Halbe and Philippe Ruault -, described as a specifier of material, substance, light, texture, form and colour – and in the end of human emotion. […] Color is inextricably linked with architecture; as a design element and also as an inherent quality, it characterizes the shape and texture of the built fabric.
Highlighting the work of Frank O. Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Wang Shu and a handfull of other well-known architects, MovingCities contributed to “The Colours of…” with a 3,000 word essay – called Wang Shu, Translating tradition for modern times. Order here, GoogleBooks there and preview after the break. Continue reading “The Colours of…. | Birkhäuser publication”

Guardian Cities | 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”

Shanghai >> Hangzhou

Shanghai - Hangzhou | April 22, 2013

During the month of April, MovingCities spend three Mondays in Hangzhou 杭州 lecturing at the School of Architecture of China Academy of Art Hangzhou [CAA 中国美术学院建筑艺术学院] on the relation between architecture, urbanism and the movies. While travelling on the Shanghai–Hangzhou High-Speed Railway [also known as Huhang High-Speed Railway 沪杭高速铁路], we kept on documenting the changes and construction culture along the train tracks. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Hangzhou”

The Brick Whisperer | Ningbo | publication

The Brick Whisperer | Ningbo 宁波 | MARK Magazine#42

Bert de Muynck | MovingCities published in the Feb-March 2013 issue of Mark magazine #42 an interview with Liangfu Ni 倪良富 and Haoru Chen 陈浩如 called The Brick Whisperer. Reporting from Ningbo 宁波, the text deals with the Chinese craftsman Mr. Ni who’s skilful use of recycled bricks in the Ningbo History Museum, the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and the Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion in Shanghai has elevated him to the ranks of celebrity, particularly in this part of the world. Continue reading “The Brick Whisperer | Ningbo | publication”

MovingCities 2012 | an overview

Shanghai | January 1, 2013

2012 was a good year for MovingCities. With 2013 barely started, we composed a non-lineair overview of the past year. The selection is based on content, correspondences and aspects of continuity across various projects, publications and places. While our Portuguese posts on Peter Zumthor and Álvaro Siza Vieira keep on generating traffic, with 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu we found a close runner-up. But we’re also pleased that our, incognito, Koolhaas-Simpsons scoop made it to the sixths place on Archinect’s Top 12 News Posts of 2012. MovingCities in 2012 was about cities, architecture and the creative industries in China. A selected flashback. Continue reading “MovingCities 2012 | an overview”

Hangzhou | metro & Hutouchen village

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. Continue reading “Hangzhou | metro & Hutouchen village”

CAA Hangzhou School of Architecture | Review

CAA Hangzhou | Thesis Design Studio Review, May 21-22, 2012

Last week, MovingCities was invited by Erhard An-He Kinzelbach [KNOWSPACE architecture + cities] to Hangzhou 杭州 to jury the final year students projects at the School of Architecture of China Academy of Art Hangzhou [CAA] 中国美术学院建筑艺术学院. Also on review were the student work developed by Studio 崔富得 and Studio Hao Ruan 阮昊 + Devin Jernigan. Continue reading “CAA Hangzhou School of Architecture | Review”

Ípsilon Público | an interview with Wang Shu

Ípsilon | May 25, 2012

Today, Wang Shu receives the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Beijing. Exclusively for Ípsilon [a weekly cultural supplement of the Portuguese daily newspaper Público], MovingCities had a lengthy talk with Wang Shu 王澍 & Lu Wenyu 陆文宇 [amateur architecture studio 业余建筑工作室] about past, present and future.
The article – Wang Shu constrói a China tijolo a tijolo [Wang Shu, Constructing China Brick by Brick] – translated by Mónica Carriço, in Portuguese, is available for subscribers only.
We feature a couple of quotes and extracts. Continue reading “Ípsilon Público | an interview with Wang Shu”

Shanghai >> Hangzhou

Shanghai - Hangzhou | April 26, 2012

A couple of years we ago explained the objective of repetitive research as way to look better, to look deeper, to see fragments of a fleeting city, to pick up new pieces, to arrange and re-arrange – while repeatedly taking the same road – those architectures one hasn’t noticed before. We present a new case study; a Shanghai 上海 to Hangzhou 杭州 comparison. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Hangzhou”

CAA Hangzhou | Reframing Regionalism

Dairy at Mehsāna (Gujarat, India) by Achyut Kanvinde | 1969-74

The 6 lectures on regionalism at CAA Hangzhou aspire to reframe the readings on regionalism and position these in the post-colonial Asian urban and architectural context. As such it takes into account notions of national identity, certain types of man-made, not industrial nor international, modern architecture. The lectures explain the struggle between heterogeneous local architectural identities and the universal uniformity of expression that was one of the products of Modernism. It continues after Le Corbusier, de- and reconstructs Louis Khan. Continue reading “CAA Hangzhou | Reframing Regionalism”