During a recent visit to Hong Kong 香港, MovingCities barely touched the ground. This not because we were floating through or flying over the city, but because parts of the main infrastructure, for pedestrians, is elevated. Snapshots from the City of Corridors. Continue reading “Hong Kong | City of Corridors”
Belgium is all about trains and railway stations, dilapidated and new ones. In this episode the Liège Guillemins TGV Station by Santiago Calatrava in 28 frames. For all other information and reviews check YouTube, ArcSpace, SkyScraperCity, Inhabitat, World Architecture News, The Guardian, Wikipedia, Google Images, Dezeen, Archinect, Bing, AltaVista, Icon and Oamos.
Continue reading “Liège | Guillemins TGV station”
Last year, when visiting Brussels, MovingCities scanned Ground Euro – the European Quarter – and the area around La Femme & Parking58. This time around we look at the “North Residency”, a housing slab built in 1974, located the back of Brussels’ North Railway Station. Continue reading “Brussels | North railway station”
An extended series of images capturing one week of moving around in the northern part of Belgium, Flanders, by train. The home of continental Europe’s first railway, built in 1835, Belgium has one of Europe’s most extensive rail networks. Snapshots from Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges and Brussels. And the 99% urbanized area in between these cities.
Continue reading “Belgium | trainstations & landscapes”
Snapshots of the last day in Amsterdam shows the area around the St. Lucas Andreas Hospital in the West of the city. Here, locked in-between the highway and the railway, hospitals are mixed with high-rise, construction sites with transportation networks. Territorial transformation, for the trendy and sporty, is at hand. Continue reading “Amsterdam | the West”
Do construction sites look different from one culture to another? Can one, after wandering around on them, define those characteristics that distinguish, lets say, a Chinese from a Dutch construction site? Should we look at the differences in size, location, density of man and materials, or at similarities such as concrete, steel and fences? Continue reading “Rotterdam | Central Station”
This week MovingCities resides in Helsinki. Working and preparing the upcoming ‘SNOWBALL Architecture‘-seminar in Shanghai [end of March 2010], a three-day event that will bring together Chinese and Finnish architects. This Friday we will give a talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. More information on both events will follow soon. For now, some aerophotography snapshots. From Pudong, over a snow-white Gobi desert to Vantaa. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Helsinki”
It is early on Monday morning when we are leaving Shanghai’s Jing’an District. On the ground level the city is still asleep and largely empty. Once on the elevated highway one sees traffic thickening, towers disappearing in the fog and trucks leaving the city. Continue reading “Shanghai | Jing’an District >> Pudong Airport”
Right around our corner, the city is disappearing and being torn down. Since the beginning of this week, a section of Changde Lu (between Wuding Lu and Kangding Lu) is the territory where jackhammers, moving companies, land surveyors, local inhabitants and trucks take up with equal urban zeal their role in Shanghai‘s theater of progress. What for? Road widening? A new subway line? Expo-related renovation? Continue reading “Shanghai | Jing’an District II”