Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist VHILS – born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987] – has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in Shanghai 上海, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS now condenses his findings in his home town Lisbon, drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. MovingCities published, in the October-November 2014 issue of Mark magazine #52, an interview with Portuguese street artist: read VHILS | Dissecting the City. Continue reading VHILS | Dissecting the City | MARK magazine#52
During the past few months, MovingCities has been moving around – in China and in-between China and Europe. We saw cities stitched together by runways, gazed upon the world from our windowseats. A selection of 20 – aerophotography – images from recent arrivals in and departures from Lisbon, Brussels, Shanghai 上海 and Kunming 昆明市.
And a short introduction to a 24-year old Portuguese priest making real airplanes (from real paper) in 1709. Continue reading 4 cities, 4 months | aerophotography
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
In 2013, MovingCities started using instagram [@movingcities_org] to capture our life in and above the cities, while on the move and wherever else we found ourselves: Shanghai 上海, Beijing 北京, Hangzhou 杭州, Chongqing 重庆, Guilin 桂林, Lisbon, Antwerp, Bari or Lecce.
Understanding these moments as fleeting impressions of spatial conditions that captured our interest, we feature a selection of 18 images that tie 2013 together. You can find the whole overview here, and follow us in 2014 here. Continue reading MovingCities | Instagram
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
Moving around is our raison d’être. Sometimes we are here; more than often we are there. We’re strangers to some cities, inhabitants of others. We’re living in an actual world, in the reality of the runway and enjoy the freedom, and luxury, of flying. We leave and return. Flying from the South of Europe to the Middle of Europe, from Lisbon to Brussels, we indulged in aerophotography. People around us reacted nervous to the sound of the shutter: it was summer, the time of the year tourists move around en masse. Continue reading Lisbon >> Brussels
The Quinta da Malagueira housing project in Évora by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira [1933-…] is an architectural classic. Its grid of parallel rows of streets and alleys, back-to-back patio houses and system of raised concrete aqueducts – connecting the separate residential clusters together – are part of today’s textbook material on social housing. It is so classic, one tends to forget it exists for over thirty years, it still is inhabited and is evolving to a next stage of architectural adaptation. The adaptation [parking, paint and printed materials] of architectural austerity. Continue reading Évora | Quinta da Malagueira
While on our way to the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, we passed along the Estoril Sol Residence, a 15 storey new housing complex with 110 dwellings, by Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos. More background, pictures and video’s of the project via designboom, ArchDaily, Reynaers Aluminium and Joao Morgado. Continue reading Cascais | Estoril Sol Residence
While in Lisbon last month, MovingCities went on a drive to the nearby coastal town of Cascais. This with the purpose to visit the already much published Casa das Histórias Paula Rego [via ArchDaily, MIMOA, dezeen, wallpaper, Fernando Guerra, publico or blueprint] by the Pritzker-Prized Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Continue reading Cascais | Casa das Histórias Paula Rego