M Shanghai Litfest 2015 | 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.
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CLOG : SCI-FI | Shanghai SCI-FI Skyline

CLOG 'SCI-FI' | Summer 2013

With the end of 2013 fast approaching, we still wish to point at the SCI-FI issue of CLOG.
An architecture-related magazine, “CLOG explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now.” Selected by Gizmodo as one of the best books of 2013, this issue “susses out how pop culture’s wildest fantasies have wiggled their way into the real world—often by way of radical skyscrapers, unexpected material science, and urban planning.MovingCities contributed with a short text called Shanghai SCI-FI Skyline. Continue reading “CLOG : SCI-FI | Shanghai SCI-FI Skyline”

Shanghai | Skyline Scan

Shanghai | February 12, 2012

After scanning the satellite towns of Shanghai 上海, MovingCities went scanning the city’s skyline. This time around no subway travels to the end of town, but static research: a series, spanning two months, of skyline snapshots as seen from our window. Continue reading “Shanghai | Skyline Scan”

Shenzhen | Super Skyline

Shenzhen | November 12, 2011

We’ve seen Shenzhen 深圳 changing during the past few years. We’ve seen its skyline, alas, reaching for the sky. We’ve seen the 441.8 meter Shenzhen Tower (aka the KK100, architect TFP Farrells) raising up from the ground, being constructed in-between the towers and now finally completed. Continue reading “Shenzhen | Super Skyline”

Shenzhen | seasonal skylines

Shenzhen | March 16, 2011

One city, two seasons and three skylines. Cities in-between the crisp and cloudy, cities in-between the fog and the flash. Cities for future fishes. Another chapter, case-study Shenzhen 深圳, in yet another unfinished essay on China’s urban development. Skyline-cities are some of our other favorite cities. In winter, and spring. Continue reading “Shenzhen | seasonal skylines”

South Africa | Cape Town Table Mountain

Table Mountain, Cape Town | January 5, 2011

A short series of snapshots from on top of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. A background to the city – for those interested in architecture, design and creative industries emerging and happening in Cape Town – is provided by the World Design Capital Bid 2014 | Cape Town-website. Post such as ‘Claiming The City’s Urban Landscapes‘ [by Lorelle Bell & Alexandra Jongens], ‘Creative Design is the Sign of our Times‘ [by Sune Stassen], ‘Don’t Limit the Horizons of our City‘ [by Iain Harris] and ‘Cape Town, a Design City‘ [by Felicity Purchase] might shed a light on the discussion about Cape Town‘s identity and ambition. Continue reading “South Africa | Cape Town Table Mountain”

Ningbo | Yinzhou New Town Skyline

'Yinzhou New Town' - Ningbo's Yinzhou District | October 10, 2010

The Yangtze River Delta is one of the bustling building centers of China where not only cities such as Shanghai 上海, Nanjing 南京 or Hangzhou 杭州 are transforming and creating new business and civic (sub)centers but where also the connections in-between them (railroads and highways) are being optimized. A few weekends ago, MovingCities went to Ningbo 宁波 – integrated into the so-called 2 hours economic circle of which Shanghai is the core – and came back with snapshots from paradise: Yinzhou New Town (District) 鄞州区. Continue reading “Ningbo | Yinzhou New Town Skyline”

Beijing | SOHO Sanlitun & skyline

SOHO Sanlitun by Kengo Kuma | April 26, 2010

SOHO Sanlitun
During the past few months MovingCities was a couple of times in Beijing [北京]. As we did not keep up the pace of posting, this week we present a selection of past impressions centered around our favorite Beijing topics: hutong(s), highways, hyperblocks and skylines. We lift off with some rooftop-views on Kengo Kuma‘s recently completed Sanlitun SOHO-project [三里屯SOHO官方网站]. Continue reading “Beijing | SOHO Sanlitun & skyline”

Nanjing | skyline

Nanjing skyline | March 13, 2010

Another birds’ eye glimpse of Nanjing. This time not a mega-maquette, but a fragmented metropolitan view on 1:1 scale seen from the two different hotels we stayed. From there Nanjing’s urban and architectural development looks rather mature. Overall there is an absence of large stretches of uniform zoning, as Nanjing presents itself as a fragmented mix of low and high-rises, of the bland and the beautiful. Continue reading “Nanjing | skyline”

Stockholm snapshots | part II

Stockholm | March 21, 2009

Following up on the first series of Stockholm snapshots, we walked from the Northern part of the city (Norrmalm) to the East (Ostermalm) and then via the quays back to the center in the direction of Stockholm‘s emblematic City Hall, designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg, and opened on Midsummer Eve in 1923. From here we strolled further over the archipelago in the direction of the South of the city (Sodermalm), ending our first scan of the city. On our way we also spotted one of Stockholms most intriguing urban subcultures, which one could call urban knitting. For more information on this check out Knit Graffiti Around Sweden and the fantastic Masquerade-website which is keeping track of the most recent knitting contributions to the city.
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