Alejandro Aravena Pritzker Prize 2016 | Ordos100 interview

Wang Shu [left, 2012 Pritzker Prize] and Alejandro Aravena [right, 2016 Pritzker Prize] | Ordos, June 2008

China is a great place to cross paths with architects from all over the world, even if these encounters happen in the desert of Inner-Mongolia. Back in 2008, as part of the Ai Weiwei / Herzog & de Meuron -instigated Ordos100 project, MovingCities had the opportunity to interview Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena [Elemental] about his design for a 1,000 square meter villa for low-budget billionaires in Ordos 鄂尔多斯, China.

Earlier this month, Alejandro Aravena was announced the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize. A good excuse for us to send our congratulations, dive into our archive and, for the first time, publish the edited version from our 2008 double-interview. Continue reading “Alejandro Aravena Pritzker Prize 2016 | Ordos100 interview”

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”

Ordos – constructed in the fast lane | Portal 9

Portal 9 Journal - The Imagined | Autumn 2012

To understand the forces shaping Ordos, one must also look beyond the empty towers built on debt and for speculation and consider the role of the automobile, both in terms of an industry and as an individual status symbol.
For the first issue of Portal 9 – a Beirut-based journal focused on cities in Arab countries – Bert de Muynck/MovingCities & Danish anthropologist Michael Ulfstjerne co-authored an essay on the construction and car culture in Ordos 鄂尔多斯. Continue reading “Ordos – constructed in the fast lane | Portal 9”

Asia Creative Transformations | newsletter

DutchDFA Mappings on design and fashion in China | by MovingCities [2012]

The Asia-Pacific Creative Landing Pad is a newsletter associated with the Asia Creative Transformations (ACT)-website. This issue checks in on the booming market for creative content in Asia, has an interesting update on the Ordos100-project, and, amongst others, features a MovingCities introduction to the Design & Fashion in China Mappings [commissioned by DutchDFA, 2012] called Capturing China’s Creativity (in two reports). Continue reading “Asia Creative Transformations | newsletter”

ORDOS 100 | out of Ordos

Ordos 100 | Saturday & Sunday, June 28-29. The last days of the second phase of ORDOS100. Day 4 continued with the critiques of the 36 proposals that were previously presented. Day 5, Mr. Cai, the client, and FAKE Design offered the architects a late afternoon dinner, toasted around and wished them a good journey back home.
Followed a last tour through the ‘old Ordos’, taking a 38 kilometers drive to the new airport, while the sun was lightening up the green desert. Architects checked in and flew in two airplanes back to Beijing.

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ORDOS 100 | site visit

ORDOS100 site visit | SAMI talking with the developer Mr. Cai Jiang

Friday, June 27. Day 3 of phase II of ORDOS 100. The 36 architects that presented their proposals on the first day received their critiques. The others lounged in the hotel or went for a site visit. Mónica Carriço | MovingCities joined the desert trip visiting the site with Inês Vieira da Silva & Miguel Vieira | SAMI Arquitectos [Portugal]. Continue reading “ORDOS 100 | site visit”

ORDOS100 | Ordos City

Ordos City | April 14, 2008

The ORDOS100-project is located in the Ordos Cultural Creative Industry Park and sits on a plot of 197 ha [in Ordos 鄂尔多斯]. This project is part of the planning of a new 155 sq kilometers city in Inner-Mongolia, planned from scratch for a population of 200,000 in the year 2020. An impression of a city under construction. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | Ordos City”

ORDOS100 | 100 architects site visit

ORDOS100 | April 14, 2008

Desert Dérive or Sand Situationism. The 100 architects involved in ORDOS100 visited the site on April 14. Ground has almost broken, trees have been planted, spring emerges and in comparison with our previous visit, sand has replaced snow.

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Ordos100 | January 26, 2008

Last weekend, January 25-27, Bert de Muynck | MovingCities was invited by FAKE Design to attend the opening ceremony and start of the first phase of ORDOS 100. 100 architects from 29 different countries and areas from Europe, America, Asia and Africa are invited to design a villa or public building with a floor area of 1,000 square meters – in Ordos 鄂尔多斯, Inner Mongolia. Continue reading “ORDOS 100”