Alejandro Aravena Pritzker Prize 2016 | Ordos100 interview

Wang Shu [left, 2012 Pritzker Prize] and Alejandro Aravena [right, 2016 Pritzker Prize] | Ordos, June 2008
Wang Shu [left, 2012 Pritzker Prize] and Alejandro Aravena [right, 2016 Pritzker Prize] | Ordos, June 2008

China is a great place to cross paths with architects from all over the world, even if these encounters happen in the desert of Inner-Mongolia. Back in 2008, as part of the Ai Weiwei / Herzog & de Meuron -instigated Ordos100 project, MovingCities had the opportunity to interview Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena [Elemental] about his design for a 1,000 square meter villa for low-budget billionaires in Ordos 鄂尔多斯, China.

Earlier this month, Alejandro Aravena was announced the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize. A good excuse for us to send our congratulations, dive into our archive and, for the first time, publish the edited version from our 2008 double-interview. Continue reading “Alejandro Aravena Pritzker Prize 2016 | Ordos100 interview”

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”

The Colours of…. | Birkhäuser publication

The Colours Of.... | Birkhäuser, 2015
The Colours Of.... | Birkhäuser, 2015

Recently, Birkhäuser published “The Colours of…“, a 376-page publication, including 250 color illustrations – by Iwan Baan, Christian Richters, Roland Halbe and Philippe Ruault -, described as a specifier of material, substance, light, texture, form and colour – and in the end of human emotion. […] Color is inextricably linked with architecture; as a design element and also as an inherent quality, it characterizes the shape and texture of the built fabric.
Highlighting the work of Frank O. Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Wang Shu and a handfull of other well-known architects, MovingCities contributed to “The Colours of…” with a 3,000 word essay – called Wang Shu, Translating tradition for modern times. Order here, GoogleBooks there and preview after the break. Continue reading “The Colours of…. | Birkhäuser publication”

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”

VHILS | Dissecting the City | MARK magazine#52

Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist VHILS – born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987] – has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in Shanghai 上海, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS now condenses his findings in his home town Lisbon, drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. MovingCities published, in the October-November 2014 issue of Mark magazine #52, an interview with Portuguese street artist: read VHILS | Dissecting the City. Continue reading “VHILS | Dissecting the City | MARK magazine#52”

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”

Homecoming | book review

Homecoming | Gestalten, 2013
Homecoming | Gestalten, 2013

Last December – after the Double Rural book launch at the HKU Shanghai Study CenterMovingCities received a copy of Homecoming – Contextualizing, Materializing and Practicing the Rural in China [Gestalten, 2013]. The book – edited by Christiane Lange, John Lin 林君翰 and Joshua Bolchover – presents work and thoughts by “architects [that] are offering resistance against the rapid urbanization that has dominated the Chinese landscape“. Homecoming is a timely publication, but also the result of a strange harvest. Sisyphus in China, a review. Continue reading “Homecoming | book review”

Urban Flux #34 | INDONESIA Architecture

《Urban Flux 城市空间》#34 Indonesia Architecture | guest-edited by MovingCities 2013
《Urban Flux 城市空间》#34 Indonesia Architecture | guest-edited by MovingCities 2013

Published in December 2013, MovingCities guest-edited a special bilingual [Chinese/English] 90-page issue of the Chinese architecture magazine Urban Flux 城市空间 设计 [vol 34 /2013-6] entitled “INDONESIAN ARCHITECTURE: TROPICAL AND EMERGING新兴崛起的印度尼西亚热带建筑. With this special report MovingCities, along with Indonesian architect Danny Wicaksono, gives a comprehensive overview of contemporary Indonesian architectural practices and insight into contemporary tropical architectural design. Continue reading “Urban Flux #34 | INDONESIA Architecture”