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”

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”

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”

Hong Kong >> Shanghai

Leaving Hong Kong International Airport | April 19, 2009
Leaving Hong Kong International Airport | April 19, 2009

Mid-April MovingCities was for a couple of days in Hong Kong 香港. While on our way back to Shanghai 上海 we advanced our series of aerophotography, realizing it’s the first time we landed and took-off from Hong Kong. Continue reading “Hong Kong >> Shanghai”

Shanghai >> Hangzhou

Shanghai - Hangzhou | April 22, 2013
Shanghai - Hangzhou | April 22, 2013

During the month of April, MovingCities spend three Mondays in Hangzhou 杭州 lecturing at the School of Architecture of China Academy of Art Hangzhou [CAA 中国美术学院建筑艺术学院] on the relation between architecture, urbanism and the movies. While travelling on the Shanghai–Hangzhou High-Speed Railway [also known as Huhang High-Speed Railway 沪杭高速铁路], we kept on documenting the changes and construction culture along the train tracks. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Hangzhou”

Chongqing | Huangjueping Graffiti Street

Huangjueping in Chongqing's Jiulongpo District | January 18, 2013
Huangjueping in Chongqing's Jiulongpo District | January 18, 2013

Huangjueping Graffiti Street 黄桷坪涂鸦街 is said to be the largest graffiti art region in China and the world. While in Chongqing 重庆, MovingCities visited the area home to a number of galleries, studios, and art schools – most notably, the 501 Art Warehouse and Organhaus Art Space and the old campus of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute [SCFAI 四川美术学院]. Continue reading “Chongqing | Huangjueping Graffiti Street”

Chongqing | topography & territory

Chongqing 重庆 | January 17, 2013
Chongqing 重庆 | January 17, 2013

Last week, MovingCities visited Chongqing 重庆. Located in the South-West of China and at the confluence of the Jialing River 嘉陵江 and Yangtze River 扬子江, this metropolis is one of the PRC’s four direct-controlled municipalities [the other three are Beijing 北京, Shanghai 上海 and Tianjin 天津]. Chongqing is know for a variety of reasons, one for its nearly 30 million inhabitants, another, maybe less known, that it has Asia’s longest escalator [112 meter].
In our first set of pictures we look at the city’s topography. Continue reading “Chongqing | topography & territory”

Shanghai >> Shenzhen | from pigeon to airplane

Shanghai - Shenzhen | December 7, 2012
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”