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”
Mid-April MovingCities was for a couple of days in Hong Kong 香港. While on our way back to Shanghai 上海 we advanced our series of aerophotography, realizing it’s the first time we landed and took-off from Hong Kong. Continue reading “Hong Kong >> Shanghai”
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”
Last month, MovingCities flew from Shanghai 上海 to Shenzhen 深圳.
In the past years, we landed in Shenzhen 深圳 from many different directions. This time around we descended along the city’s most densified urban areas and used this opportunity to discuss the relation between aerophotography and the work German apothecary Julius Neubronner [1852-1932]. Or how aerophotography moved from pigeon photography to the cabin cruising.
But the ambition is the same, to develop a “Method of and Means for Taking Photographs of Landscapes from Above.” Continue reading “Shanghai >> Shenzhen | from pigeon to airplane”
Last week, MovingCities went on a four-day field trip to Yogyakarta. Reason so was to visit a new artist studio/house by Andra Matin, meet up with architect/artist Eko Prawoto [see our 2008 coverage on his work] and get to know the city and its surrounding. Once again we are flying over Java [check also Jakarta to Surabaya and Jakarta to Bali]. We were on-the-move, doing some aerophotography. Pictures from the world’s most populous island. Continue reading “Jakarta >> Yogyakarta”
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”
Jingdezhen 景德镇 is a stop-over city but also known for being a “Porcelain Capital” as it has been producing quality pottery for 1700 years. It is situated in the north-east of Jiangxi Province of China and neighbours Anhui. The city center area is located in the north-east of the Poyang Lake Plain, its area is 5,256 km² and the highest point is 1,618 metres. While on-the-move, the plane made a pit-stop. Accidental aerophotography. Continue reading “Jingdezhen | In & Out”
A weekly train trip from Shanghai 上海 to Hangzhou 杭州 reveals an interesting and specific form of rural regionalism: the Zhejiang Farmers’ Architectural Style. It takes advantage of rural density, countryside construction culture, prefab architectural farming and combines picturesque with princely architectural ambitions. A report written on the railway tracks. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Hangzhou”
While en route from Shanghai 上海 to Brussels, the plane made a stop-over in Moscow. It was election Sunday in Russia’s capital, but on the runway, in the tax-free shops and airport lounges, it was business as usual. Or so, it looked like. Societies are hard to read while being on a stop-over, politics hardly matter when you’re in transit. Continue reading “Moscow >> Brussels”