CAA architecture jury | Hangzhou

School of Architecture at CAA | June 2, 2011

On June 2, the School of Architecture of China Academy of Art Hangzhou (CAA) 中国美术学院建筑艺术学院 organized the presentation of the final year projects. Bert de Muynck | MovingCities was invited to participate in the jury of the studio’s of Erhard An-He Kinzelbach [KNOWSPACE architecture + cities] and Haoru Chen 陈浩如 [Citiarc International]. The first one dealt with the issue of aging, the second one with independent research. Hangzhou 杭州, snapshots, students, maquettes and background. Continue reading “CAA architecture jury | Hangzhou”

Shanghai >> Hangzhou

Shanghai - Hangzhou | June 2, 2011

In March, when confronted with Charlie Chaplin is constructing Chinese cities, we talked about in-between cities. At the time we checked the left-hand side urbanization between Shanghai 上海 and Hangzhou 杭州. Going again on route, we checked the right hand-side.
Speeding along smog cities. Not our favorite type of cities. Continue reading “Shanghai >> Hangzhou”

Xi’An >> Shanghai

Xi'An | May 31, 2011

There is more to tell and show about our explorations in Xi’an 西安 than what we posted so far. But after barely 30 hours in the city, it was time to move-on, to take off and have a last glimpse of the city from the window seat. It’s again aerophotography-time, from Xi’an 西安 to Shanghai 上海. One can’t help but feel primitive and wish that Airbus speeds up its production and gives us the high of transparent traveling. MovingCities can’t wait untill its 2050 and explore some decent Airbus-aerophotography. Continue reading “Xi’An >> Shanghai”

Xi’An | center >> airport

Xi'An | May 31, 2011

While driving from the center of Xi’an 西安 to Xianyang International Airport MovingCities got side-tracked. We were in Somewhere Cities, speeding through unspecified territories. With nothing to see, we found out that compulsive behavior kills time. This one is for the truck drivers out there. Continue reading “Xi’An | center >> airport”

Xi’An | destroyed district(s)

Xi'An erased | May 31, 2011

The High Price of the New Beijing‘ by Ian Johnson was just published in The New York Review of Books. In the piece, he assesses about six books on Beijing 北京 – all dealing with urban planning, art, destruction, architecture and urban renewal. A must read.
We’re reporting from Xi’an 西安 and on an encounter with local residents. Continue reading “Xi’An | destroyed district(s)”

Xi’An | urban axis

xXi'An erased | May 31, 2011

The High Price of the New Beijing‘ by Ian Johnson was just published in The New York Review of Books. In the piece, he assesses about six books on Beijing 北京 – all dealing with urban planning, art, destruction, architecture and urban renewal. A must read.
We’re reporting from Xi’an 西安 and on an encounter with local residents. Continue reading “Xi’An | urban axis”

Xi’An | airport >> center

aleatory architectural impression of Xi'an | May 30, 2011

The distance between Xi’An 西安 Xianyang International Airport and the city center is about 50 kilometers. Upon arriving, one negotiates with local cabdrivers a price in-between 100 and 150 rmb. MovingCities was visiting Xi’an and more particular, the projects by Plasma Studio for the International Horticultural Expo 2011. Review will be published in the July-issue of DOMUS. For now, a discovery of a city in 25 snapshots. Continue reading “Xi’An | airport >> center”