Yona Friedman | book review

Architecture with the people, by the people, for the people | MUSAC-ACTAR
Yona Friedman “Architecture with the people, by the people, for the people”

A few weeks ago, MovingCities received from ACTAR two books for review: “Yona Friedman – Architecture with the people, by the people, for the people” and “Roberto Burle Marx – The Modernity of Landscape“. It might come as no surprise that we are keen on the build, textual and visual work of Yona Friedman, intrigued by the rediscovery of his work in art circles, but also taken aback by the overdose of repetition presented in this new publication. Allow us to explain. Continue reading “Yona Friedman | book review”

Lisbon >> Brussels

The United Spiderwebs of Europe | September 2, 2011

Moving around is our raison d’être. Sometimes we are here; more than often we are there. We’re strangers to some cities, inhabitants of others. We’re living in an actual world, in the reality of the runway and enjoy the freedom, and luxury, of flying. We leave and return. Flying from the South of Europe to the Middle of Europe, from Lisbon to Brussels, we indulged in aerophotography. People around us reacted nervous to the sound of the shutter: it was summer, the time of the year tourists move around en masse. Continue reading “Lisbon >> Brussels”

Tropical Modernity | book review

Tropical Modernity, Life and Work of C.P. Wolff Schoemaker | SUN Architecture
Tropical Modernity book review by MovingCities

Recently, MovingCities received ‘Tropical Modernity, Life and Work of C.P. Wolff Schoemaker‘ [SUN Architecture – now uitgeverij Boom] in the mailbox [contact]. The book gives an interesting overview and insight into the life and work of the Dutch architect Wolff Schoemaker (1882-1949), the Frank Lloyd Wright of Indonesia. The book is as a great introduction to projects such as Villa Isola [Bandung, 1933], Koloniale Bank [Surabaya, 1940] and Nederlandse Handelsmaatschappij [Batavia/Jakarta, 1922]. Continue reading “Tropical Modernity | book review”

Évora | Quinta da Malagueira

Quinta da Malagueira by Alvaro Siza | August 25, 2011

The Quinta da Malagueira housing project in Évora by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira [1933-…] is an architectural classic. Its grid of parallel rows of streets and alleys, back-to-back patio houses and system of raised concrete aqueducts – connecting the separate residential clusters together – are part of today’s textbook material on social housing. It is so classic, one tends to forget it exists for over thirty years, it still is inhabited and is evolving to a next stage of architectural adaptation. The adaptation [parking, paint and printed materials] of architectural austerity. Continue reading “Évora | Quinta da Malagueira”

Cascais | Estoril Sol Residence

Estoril Sol Residence by Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos | August 30, 2011
Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos Estoril Sol Residence in Cascais

While on our way to the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, we passed along the Estoril Sol Residence, a 15 storey new housing complex with 110 dwellings, by Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos. More background, pictures and video’s of the project via designboom, ArchDaily, Reynaers Aluminium and Joao Morgado. Continue reading “Cascais | Estoril Sol Residence”

Cascais | Casa das Histórias Paula Rego

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego by Eduardo Souto de Moura | August 30, 2011
Eduardo Souto de Moura Casa das Histórias Paula Rego

While in Lisbon last month, MovingCities went on a drive to the nearby coastal town of Cascais. This with the purpose to visit the already much published Casa das Histórias Paula Rego [via ArchDaily, MIMOA, dezeen, wallpaper, Fernando Guerra, publico or blueprint] by the Pritzker-Prized Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Continue reading “Cascais | Casa das Histórias Paula Rego”

Hong Kong University | appointment

Fall 2011 Special Lecture Series | HKU Shanghai Study Center, 2011

From September 2011 onwards, Bert de Muynck | MovingCities has been appointed ‘assistant professor’ at the The University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Architecture, teaching the course on ‘Architecture Theory and History [20th Century]’ at HKU Shanghai Study Centre. We’re very pleased to share this news and place special focus onto the upcoming ‘Under the Skin‘-fall lecture series, to be held at HKU in Shanghai. Continue reading “Hong Kong University | appointment”