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”

OCT | Urbanus Architecture & Design

OCT Phase 2 by Urbanus Architecture & Design | November 9, 2011

While in Shenzhen 深圳, MovingCities seems to be almost naturally pulled towards the OCT Loft-area. This creative precinct is the place where we meet people, where we drink and eat, shop, stroll and sometimes sleep. Recently, Urbanus Architecture & Design 都市实践 completed the second phase of the renovation of this creative cluster. A few snapshots. Continue reading “OCT | Urbanus Architecture & Design”

Shanghai >> Shenzhen

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport New Terminal | November 8, 2011

Last week MovingCities resided in Shenzhen 深圳 to work on a project we hope to inform you soon more about. To us, flying means aerophotography, means measuring progress, seeing land reclamation projects turn into airports, having flash-backs to 2009 when the city was working on preparing the grounds for its new airport. Today, the Fuksas Future is almost there. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Shenzhen”

Shanghai | GoWest & Rockbund @HKU

Fall 2011 | Under the Skin, Special Lecture Series | HKU Shanghai Study Center, 2011

This week, two lectures are scheduled as part of the ‘Under the Skin‘ lecture series at Hong Kong University’s Shanghai Study Center. On Monday November 7, Daan Roggeveen from the GoWest-project will talk about their recently published book “How the City Moved to Mr Sun” and on Thursday November 10 Mark Randel (David Chipperfield Architects) will discuss the Rockbund project and the meaning of historic building fabric in our cities. Continue reading “Shanghai | GoWest & Rockbund @HKU”

Shanghai | Future Faces

Shanghai | October 31, 2011

We write oftentimes about how we live, work and operate in-between cities, how highways and airports have become an existential part of our daily life. Shanghai 上海 is the city we live, the city where unmarried men stage a “protest” on the Metro and luxury home sales are in decline [links restricted to subscribers only] . A city, a trade hub of Asia, pioneering a stricter air-quality monitoring standard. Shanghai is a city with handbook [A Guide to Urban Sustainable Development in the 21st Century], a city where we walk around, scan the sidewalks, a city filled with faces, food and future fads. Continue reading “Shanghai | Future Faces”

Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert [part II]

Workshop in Shishiori on September 4th 2011 | by Sören Grünert

In August 2011, architect Sören Grünert spend one month in Tōhoku, Japan, as part of the relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating March 11 eartquake and tsunami. After introducing the objective of his trip and providing insight into his first impressions [read part I]; in part II  Sören recalls the experience of participating in the workshop, the discussion with architects and local residents and the work on the area’s masterplan.
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Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert [part I]

Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert

In August 2011, architect Sören Grünert spend one month in Tōhoku, Japan, as part of the relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating March 11 eartquake and tsunami. After getting in touch with Archi+Aid, he was involved with work, along with local architects and communities, on a masterplan for Shishiori. For MovingCities he filed a double report. Part one: arrival in Tōhoku and the confrontation with a collapsed city. Continue reading “Tōhoku Japan 2011 | by Sören Grünert [part I]”