Shanghai >> Shenzhen | aerophotography

Shanghai - Shenzhen | December 4, 2015
Shanghai - Shenzhen | December 4, 2015

Earlier this month, MovingCities flew from Shanghai 上海 to Shenzhen 深圳.
In the past we have contextualized our aerophotography adventures by introducting a 24-year old Portuguese priest making real airplanes (from real paper) in 1709 (here) or discussed the relation between aerophotography and the work German apothecary Julius Neubronner [1852-1932] (here). This time around, we an introduce A. F. Mozhaisky [1825-1890] – an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy, aviation pioneer, researcher and designer of heavier-than-air craft (source).

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Three Pathways to Get Anywhere by Anna Kostreva

MovingCities publishes a fragment from “Three Pathways to Get Anywhere (Except When There Is a Dead End)” [Rough Beast, 2015], a book by Anna Kostreva, edited in close collaboration with Joey Horan, designed by Studio YUKIKO.

Three Pathways to Get Anywhere | Anna Kostreva, Rough Beast 2015
Three Pathways to Get Anywhere | Anna Kostreva, Rough Beast 2015

Three Pathways to Get Anywhere (Except When There Is a Dead End)” is a collection of essays, poems, and fragments that forms a constellation of a young architect’s reactions to East Asian cities, personal narratives of traveling solo, and musings on how the unique and foreign may or may not inhabit global practices.
MovingCities is pleased to feature a fragment – dealing with the urban transformation of Shanghai 上海 – from this recently published book by Berlin-based architect and writer Anna Kostreva, edited in close collaboration with Joey Horan, designed by Studio YUKIKO and published by Rough Beast.
Info, fragments from an accelerated city walk, pictures and preview after the break. Continue reading “Three Pathways to Get Anywhere by Anna Kostreva”

M Shanghai Litfest 2015 | workshop

LITFEST2015 | MovingCities Writing Workshop
LITFEST2015 | MovingCities Writing Workshop

As part of the upcoming Shanghai International Literary Festival 2015 [ programme writers tickets ] MovingCities will conduct a writing workshop, called “Paper skylines, a Shanghai workshop” on Friday November 6, 2015, from 3-5 pm at M on the Bund in Shanghai 上海.
Other writers, architects and scholars invited for the Shanghai International Literary Festival 2015 include WAI Architecture Think Tank, Michael Meyer, Matjaž Tančič, a North Korea Panel of Specialists: From The Outside Looking In and the outcome of the That’s Shanghai: Erotic Fiction Competition.
Info, flashback and preview after the break. Continue reading “M Shanghai Litfest 2015 | workshop”

A Fantasy on the Fringe of the Future | NAAM publication

Suhe Creek Development Shanghai (March, 2015) | by MovingCities
Suhe Creek Development Shanghai (March, 2015) | by MovingCities

NAAMNew Architecture Assembly Magazine – is a bilingual Farsi/English architecture and design magazine edited and published by the architecture students at University of Tehran (Iran). Contributing to its most recent issue – now fully available on ISSUU – and centered around the theme of ‘On the Edge of Architecture’, MovingCities wrote a piece dealing with the transformation of Shanghai 上海 called “A Fantasy on the Fringe of the Future“. Continue reading “A Fantasy on the Fringe of the Future | NAAM publication”

4 cities, 4 months | aerophotography

In and Out of Kunming 昆明市 | April 16, 2014
In and Out of Kunming 昆明市 | April 16, 2014

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”

Reality Check Shanghai | MARK magazine#50

In MARK Magazine#50, MovingCities publishes ‘Reality Check Shanghai’. The article looks back at revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the Himalayas Centre by Arata Isozaki, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the Giant Interactive Group’s headquarters by Morphosis. What has become of them?

Reality Check Shanghai | Mark Magazine #50, 2014
Reality Check Shanghai | Mark Magazine #50, 2014

Mark magazine has turned 50! Contributing since 2007, Mark magazine has been one of the premier supporter and enablers of MovingCities‘ discursive development – including interviews with Ai Weiwei | I jumped on the wrong train [2007], Wang Shu | Local Hero [2008], Sun Jiwei | Major Forces [2011], JR | City Faces [2011], Andra Matin | interview [2013] and essays about ORDOS100 | Babel for Billionaires [2008], Illegal Copying [2009] and Preservation Playground [2011]. A sincere congratulations and thank you to Mark magazine [subscribe!], and especially to their excellent editors Arthur Wortmann and David Keuning.

In their celebratory June-July 20114 issue of Mark magazine #50, MovingCities published ‘Reality Check Shanghai‘ revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the Himalayas Centre by Arata Isozaki, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the Giant Interactive Group’s headquarters by Morphosis. What has become of them? Continue reading “Reality Check Shanghai | MARK magazine#50”

Neri & Hu Interview | FRAME #97

FRAME#97 | Neri & Hu | Interview by MovingCities
FRAME#97 | Neri & Hu | Interview by MovingCities

MovingCities published, in the March-April 2014 issue of FRAME magazine #97, an interview with Lyndon Neri 郭锡恩 & Rosanna Hu 胡如珊 [NHDRO] looking back at their triumphant first decade in Shanghai 上海 while discussing project such as Design Republic Design Commune (Shanghai, 2012), Le Meridien HOtel (Zhengzhou, 2013) and FARINE (Shanghai, 2013). During the past decade, the couple’s venture into a range of creative disciplines has yielded an acclaimed diversity of furniture, interior design and architecture projects. Currently, they are exploring metropolises further afield, such as London, New York City, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading “Neri & Hu Interview | FRAME #97”

Guardian Cities | city bloggers

The Guardian Cities | Global 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”

MovingCities | Instagram

MovingCities on instagram: @movingcities_org
MovingCities on instagram: @movingcities_org

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”