posts tagged ‘interviews’
MovingCities published, in the December-January 2013-14 issue of Mark magazine #47, an interview with Chinese architect Hua Li 华黎, founder of the Beijing 北京 -based practice Trace Architecture Office 迹·建筑事务所 (TAO).
TAO is one of those smaller-scale Chinese outfits that possess an intriguing ability to operate on the fringes of urban, rural and regional architecture, thus creating an approach and a language that in each case bears a unique signature. TAO’s projects and their locations “still have diversity and are not yet globalized, but they do reveal traces of local materials and construction techniques.’” Read the full interview. read more »
MovingCities published in the June-July 2013 issue of Mark magazine #44 an interview with Indonesian architect Adi Purnomo. In 2009, when we reported on a house and studio that he had designed for a photographer and art collector in Jakarta, we talked about architecture without air conditioning as part of a strategy tailored to the demands of a tropical climate (Green and Tidy, Mark 21, page 154).
It’s a strategy that still forms his point of departure, but today he has other concerns as well. For starters, he wants to accelerate his output. Read the full interview. read more »
MovingCities published in the June-July 2013 issue of Mark magazine #44 an interview with leading Indonesian architect Andra Matin. He is a well-kept secret in the architecture world. A major force within contemporary Indonesian architecture, the soft-spoken man is recognized as the helmsman of a generation of independent architects, yet hardly anyone outside his native country knows his name. Locally celebrated but internationally undiscovered, Matin was one of the first Indonesian architects to establish an independent practice after the fall of Suharto in 1998. Read the full interview. read more »
Mark magazine #44 hit the shelves last month!
And it is a special one, providing an unique and timely insight in what is currently happening in the architectural scene in Indonesia. Two extensive portraits by Bert de Muynck | MovingCities reveal Andra Matin as ‘a well kept secret in the architecture world’ and looks at the work of Adi Purnomo of mamostudio who thinks it is vital for the development of good architecture for practices to ‘involve artisans and builders in their designs’.
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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. read more »
While in Jakarta we grasped the opportunity to catch up with mamo [architect Adi Purnomo], who, along with Andra Matin, is one of Indonesia’s finest architects; and visited with mamo an older, and so-far unpublished, villa-project: the David and Gita House  – in the suburbs of Bogor. A timely moment to have him again on tape and talking.
Delving in our archive to show some older work, we also publish a short Q&A. read more »
Bert de Muynck | MovingCities published in a recent issue of MARK magazine an interview with Jerry Ku and Julian Wang from E-Grow International Trading Co.. Having worked for the likes of Zaha Hadid Architects (Guangzhou Opera House), Foster+Partners (UAE Pavilion for Expo 2010), davidclovers (Barker Residence),… the company has patented an interesting waxing method to construct complex surfaces. ‘I do not like parametrically designed buildings. But this is the future,‘ and ‘The quality of the execution was terrible. I think Zaha also realizes this,‘ Jerry Ku says. Interview now online. read more »
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. read more »
A couple of weeks ago, MovingCities sat down in Shanghai 上海 with Dutch architect John van de Water – NEXT ARCHITECTS China – to talk about his book “You can’t change China, China changes you” [010 publisher, 2012]. Highly recommended, the book is a a formidable page-turner telling the story of a five-year long architectural discovery in and of China. Change you can believe in. Change you can construct. A publication of interest for anyone in or related to the architecture profession. Read it! Interview after the break. read more »