Contributing to the Newsletter#68 [Summer 2014] of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) on the topic of ‘HUTONG | adaptation‘ and featured as a case-study in the UNESCO’s Creative Economy Report 2013 [Special Edition], MovingCities has been mentioned around in the past months.
Both report and newsletter have a person half-hidden behind a camera on their cover.
Background, links and info after the break. Continue reading “UNESCO report & IIAS newsletter”
Last December – after the Double Rural book launch at the HKU Shanghai Study Center – MovingCities received a copy of Homecoming – Contextualizing, Materializing and Practicing the Rural in China [Gestalten, 2013]. The book – edited by Christiane Lange, John Lin 林君翰 and Joshua Bolchover – presents work and thoughts by “architects [that] are offering resistance against the rapid urbanization that has dominated the Chinese landscape“. Homecoming is a timely publication, but also the result of a strange harvest. Sisyphus in China, a review. Continue reading “Homecoming | book review”
Last Monday, the second-year architecture students at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre presented their final projects. Dealing with ‘Architectural Urbanism‘, the 26 students in the studios of Pascal Berger [HKU Shanghai Academic Director], Elena Perez Garrigues and Zhu Xiaofeng 祝晓蜂 showed their design proposals, maquettes and thoughts of their 3-month stay in Shanghai 上海. Continue reading “HKU Shanghai Study Center | Final Review”
‘Atlas – Geography, Architecture, and Change in an Interdependent World’ was published by Artifice in 2012. Edited by Renata Tyszczuk, Joe Smith, Nigel Clark and Melissa Butcher, the publication aims to test novel ways of looking at globale envrionmental and economic change and presents itself as a collection of exploratory sketches of worlds that are currently in the making. With 45 varying (in length and scope) contributions, the books presents itself both as a new inventory and introduction to the practice of rethinking the global territory. A review. Continue reading “ATLAS – geography, architecture & change | book review”
Recently MovingCities received Cities Without Ground [April 2012, ORO Editions], a publication by Adam Frampton, Jonathan Solomon and Clara Wong. The subject is the city of Hong Kong 香港 and the publication is – as the subtitle suggests – more a Hong Kong guidebook than a pamphlet, manifesto or analysis of a larger urban trend. A book review. Continue reading “Cities Without Ground | book review”
Last Thursday, the second-year architecture students at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre presented their final projects. Dealing with ‘Density and the City‘, the 30 students in the studios of Pascal Berger [HKU Shanghai Academic Director], Wang Fei 王飛 and Martine Vledder showed their design proposals, maquettes and thoughts of their 3-month stay in Shanghai 上海. Continue reading “HKU Shanghai Study Center | Final Review”
MovingCities received a copy of ‘Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities‘ [Birkhäuser, 2011] by prof. Peter G. Rowe [Harvard University]. The 200-page publication maps and describes the large development areas in big cities in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, as they are striking out into new territories. Both as an introduction to or overview of a multitude of large-scale projects in the East Asian region, the book clearly categorizes and discusses the emergence of large-scale urban constructs in the region.
A book review. Continue reading “Emergent Architectural Territories | book review”
‘Colonial Modern: Aesthetics of the Past, Rebellions for the Future’ is a highly recommended book by black dog publishing in 2010. It tells the story of architecture, urban and cultural development in Morocco and Algeria, focusing on the post-war and pre-independence period, and its influence on and relevance for European urbanization at the time. But it does much more than that. A review. Continue reading “Colonial Modern | book review”
MovingCities received a copy of “Roberto Burle Marx – The Modernity of Landscape” (ACTAR 2011). The 350-page publication is a insightful introduction to this great Brazilian landscape architect, poet, gardener, painter etc.. and the role of and design with vegetation in the tropical climate. At some points the book is repetitive, but a delicate graphical design and great images make up for this. A review. Continue reading “Roberto Burle Marx | book review”