Shanghai >> Shenzhen | aerophotography

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).

Continue reading “Shanghai >> Shenzhen | aerophotography”

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”

Shanghai >> Shenzhen | from pigeon to airplane

Shanghai - Shenzhen | December 7, 2012

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”

MovingCities 2012 | an overview

Shanghai | January 1, 2013

2012 was a good year for MovingCities. With 2013 barely started, we composed a non-lineair overview of the past year. The selection is based on content, correspondences and aspects of continuity across various projects, publications and places. While our Portuguese posts on Peter Zumthor and Álvaro Siza Vieira keep on generating traffic, with 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu we found a close runner-up. But we’re also pleased that our, incognito, Koolhaas-Simpsons scoop made it to the sixths place on Archinect’s Top 12 News Posts of 2012. MovingCities in 2012 was about cities, architecture and the creative industries in China. A selected flashback. Continue reading “MovingCities 2012 | an overview”

Shenzhen OCT Bay | pebble & masterplan

OCT Creative Exhibition Center by Studio Pei-Zhu | Shenzhen OCT Bay
Curious to see the latest urban developments, MovingCities visited Shenzhen OCT Bay 深圳欢乐海岸 [or OCT Harbour]one of China’s largest new master planned developments currently underway. The 1.25 km2 [309 acre] plan aims to become an innovative urban center with first-of-its-kind ecological and nature components. We saw a pebble, a plaza, a water themed park, and (from afar) a recently completed Richard Meier. Continue reading “Shenzhen OCT Bay | pebble & masterplan”

URBANUS | Meillan Hotel & Nanshan Wedding

Maillen Hotel and Apartments . Shenzhen | URBANUS, 2012

A few weeks ago while in Shenzhen 深圳, MovingCities paid a visit to two recently completed projects by URBANUS Architecture & Design 都市实践: the Maillen Hotel and Apartments
美伦酒店&公寓 and the Nanshan Wedding Center 南山婚礼堂.
Both projects represent viable architectural alternatives – mid-scale residential range, and institutional small-scale buildings – for the Chinese context. Continue reading “URBANUS | Meillan Hotel & Nanshan Wedding”

Making Creative City | URBANUS Workshop

MAKING CREATIVE CITY International Workshop | Aug 31 - Sept 1 2012

Last weekend, MovingCities was invited to Shenzhen 深圳 to lecture at and participate in a two-day workshop called The Making of a Creative City – International Workshop on post‐industrial development of Shenzhen’. The workshop was organized by URB [Urbanus Research Bureau 都市实践研究部] – the research department of URBANUS Architecture & Design 都市实践. Background & content after the break. Continue reading “Making Creative City | URBANUS Workshop”

Mappings on Design and Fashion in China | DutchDFA

DutchDFA Design & Fashion in China Mappings | MovingCities 2012

On July 5, MovingCities presented in Amsterdam a double mapping report on Design & Fashion in China. The two reports were commissioned by Dutch Design Fashion Architecture [DutchDFA] and present a contemporary analysis of both the design and fashion fields in China. Researched and written in 2011 by MovingCities, and updated throughout 2012, the mappings highlight the people and processes that will influence future design agendas in China and throughout the world. More info after the break. Continue reading “Mappings on Design and Fashion in China | DutchDFA”

Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Exhibition

Atelier Deshaus | Shenzhen Architecture Biennale 2011

The theme of the 2011 Shenzhen-Hongkong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture is “architecture creates cities. cities create architecture”. Around this quasi-elusive statement, an arbitrary exhibition – curated by Terence Riley – was created. There were some good ideas and installations [our selection below], but all in all it felt vague. Loose. Uncoordinated. [Ticking the boxes but not building up an argument, not stimulating the mind. Oftentimes it felt someone has printed out books or portfolios, glued them to the wall and expected visitors to stick around for a couple of days]. The show is on till February 18, 2012. Continue reading “Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Exhibition”