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UNESCO report & IIAS newsletter

UNESCO report (2013) & IIAS-newsletter (2014)
UNESCO report (2013) & IIAS-newsletter (2014)

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. read more »

> That’s Beijing quotes Moving Cities on hutong preservation

That’s Beijing 2014 January/February cover story Land, Theft, Autos: Beijing, 1949–2014 > Things Fall Apart – Plagued by poor planning for decades, Beijing now faces an imperfect future - article by Yuan Ren, quotes MovingCities. Keywords: urban development, sprawl, land reclamation, private property… read more »

Shanghai | 2013 Westbund Biennial

Vertical Glass House 垂直玻璃宅 by Yung Ho Chang 张永和|2013 Westbund Biennial Shanghai
Vertical Glass House 垂直玻璃宅 by Yung Ho Chang 张永和|2013 Westbund Biennial Shanghai

In few days time, the 2013 WestBund Biennial in Shanghai 上海 will close its doors. While MovingCities attended the opening ceremony on October 20, we went for a re-visit last week. That day, we found that several pavillions, including the main exhibition hall, were already shut down [and that one week prior to the official end]. We experienced a new type of event. In contrast with celebrated and well-communicated pre-openings, why not include the silent pre-closure as part of the program as well? Background to the biennial and the revitalization of the Westbund Riverfront. read more »

ABITARE China #34 HUTONG /Adaptation

《ABITARE 住》'Hutong/adaptation' | Guest-edited by MovingCities, 2013
《ABITARE 住》'Hutong/adaptation' | Guest-edited by MovingCities, 2013

In June 2013, ABITARE China magazine invited MovingCities to guest edit its summer issue on the topic of (re)Design Heritage – Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City. We took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of the city of Beijing 北京: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong 胡同. Hence we came up with HUTONG /Adaptation as our unifying theme. Check this post for more background; read our Preface and TOC or order a copy of《Abitare》#34 [September 2013]. read more »

> CLOG : SCI-FI features MovingCities contribution

MovingCities publishes short contribution on CLOG : SCI-FI issue [June 2013 ENGLISH]
CLOG explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now.

TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari

TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari | September 16, 2013
TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari | September 16, 2013

Last September, MovingCities was invited by Regione PugliaARTI [Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation] to conduct a one-day workshop in Barivecchia (Old Bari, Italy). Under the program “TRY! – Training Regeneration Youth” part of “YOUTH ADRINET” -project, a group of 17 young participants attended this one-day workshop. We talked, shared, explored, speculated, mapped, discussed and observed. read more »

> the guardian quotes Moving Cities on Beijing’s Dashilar

theguardian.com architecture & design blog by Oliver Wainwright > Designers use ‘urban acupuncture’ to revive Beijing’s historic hutongs  (Wednesday 2 October 2013) Beijing Design Week sees architects launch ‘micro-interventions’ in one of the capital’s oldest neighbourhoods. But are their good intentions having the right effect? (…)  “Bert de Muynck, a Belgian architect who has carried out extensive research on the Dashilar initiative with Mónica Carriço at the Moving Cities think-tank, has mixed feelings about the outcome so far. “It is a brave attempt to do something different after the failures of places like Qianmen,” he says. “People criticise those developments for creating twee stage-sets for tourists – but we have to be careful Dashilar is not just creating another kind of ‘authentic’ stage set for designers.”  

ATLAS – geography, architecture & change | book review

Atlas | Artifice, 2012
Atlas | Artifice, 2012

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. read more »

Shanghai Tower | under construction

Shanghai Tower by Gensler | under construction | Pudong April 27 2013
Shanghai Tower by Gensler | under construction | Pudong April 27 2013

The Shanghai Tower 上海中心大厦 is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Pudong district of Shanghai 上海. Recently, the Shanghai Tower celebrated its 4th anniversary of construction and today’s its skeleton is dominating the Shanghai skyline. MovingCities pays a close-up look, from its curtain wall over its concrete core to its steel structure. read more »

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