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”
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”
Mark Magazine had in December/January 08/09 its 17th issue out. Bert de Muynck | MovingCities contributed to it with an article called “Anything That Is Good Is Called Lekker” (full version) about the young Singaporean based architectural practice Lekker Design.
Continue reading “Lekker Design | publication”
Perspective magazine (Hong Kong) features in its February 2009 edition ‘OBRA at work in China’ – a text by Bert de Muynck | MovingCities. OBRA Architects, founded by Jennifer Lee and Pablo Castro in 2000, operates from New York. Throughout 2008 both Castro and Lee visited China four times, twice in the context of ORDOS100, once to present their ‘Beijing Tripod, Blank 2008’ installation in the Median Art Gallery and now with ‘RED+CROSSING’ in the context of the Crossing Now: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture-project, an exhibition organized by the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) and Beijing‘s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).
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Perspective Magazine (Hong Kong) recently published the 2009 edition of their annual architecture book, Perspective Plus. The yearbook features a report on the current architectural trends in Asia, a selection of 10 emblematic projects completed or started in the Asia-Pacific region in 2008 and a selection of around 40 projects currently at earlier stage of development and due to be completed between 2009 and 2014. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | publication”
The invitation for Bert de Muynck | MovingCities to come to Jakarta was made possible by the Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI). Next to visiting some of the entries for this years’ IAI Awards 2008, and being part of the jury, two lectures were given. Continue reading “Jakarta | presentations”
Mark Magazine had in August/September its 15th issue out. Bert de Muynck | MovingCities contributed to it with an article on ORDOS100. From our ORDOS100 Embedded Architects-perspective, yes, we need the eye of a fly to see the multitude of architectures that grow in the Inner-Mongolian desert, this piece gives an insight in the development of the project during its two first meetings, in January and April 2008. Continue reading “Babel for Billionaires | publication”
“Living in Here” is the general theme of the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition. The exhibition presents a collective proposal for affordable housing in Mexico City. Curated by Javier Sánchez, the exhibition is split up in two parts, at the one hand there are the interviews with architects, developers, housing authorities, academics, members of architectural associations, community leaders, as well as inhabitants from affordable housing projects, while on the other hand 10 groups of young architects were invited to propose ideas for affordable projects inside the city. Continue reading “Venice 2008 | The Mexican Pavilion”
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.
Continue reading “ORDOS 100 | out of Ordos”