Bert de Muynck | MovingCities published in a recent issue of Mark Magazine #30 an interview with French photographer and artist – and recipient of the prestigious 2011 TED Prize – JR. The publication is a follow-up on last October’s encounter with the ‘artivist’ while he and his crew where working in and with the city of Shanghai 上海 on a project called The Wrinkles of the City 城市肌理. Now online.
“Cape Town’s physical identity as a city is a direct result of human intervention, namely architecture and how it collectively shapes and informs street life and the character of the city. With an abundance of historical architectural fabric in the central city, our buildings tell an interesting story of our past,” so it starts our guest contribution – ‘Architecture and the City’ – by Cape Town-based architect Mokena Makeka [Makeka Design Lab]. A 1000 words and 23 images is where our 2010-11 South African journey ends. Continue reading “South Africa | Cape Town – by Mokena Makeka”
A short series of snapshots from on top of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. A background to the city – for those interested in architecture, design and creative industries emerging and happening in Cape Town – is provided by the World Design Capital Bid 2014 | Cape Town-website. Post such as ‘Claiming The City’s Urban Landscapes‘ [by Lorelle Bell & Alexandra Jongens], ‘Creative Design is the Sign of our Times‘ [by Sune Stassen], ‘Don’t Limit the Horizons of our City‘ [by Iain Harris] and ‘Cape Town, a Design City‘ [by Felicity Purchase] might shed a light on the discussion about Cape Town‘s identity and ambition. Continue reading “South Africa | Cape Town Table Mountain”
Club Donny – a small-scale magazine edited as a strictly unedited journal on the personal experience of nature in the urban environment – recently launched its sixth issue. Presenting a mix of photography and fiction, the current patch includes a contribution called ‘DAY 1125’ by Bert de Muynck | MovingCities. It can now be bought and/or freely downloaded. Continue reading “Club Donny #6 | publication”
The last leg of our journey through South Africa was a drive from Mosselbaai to Cape Town, about 400 kilometers through the Western Cape Province. Snapshots while drive along vineyards, shorelines, Swellendam, suburbs and shantytowns, while driving from the countryside to Creative Cape Town [link to World Design Capital Bid 2014 | Cape Town]. Continue reading “South Africa | Mosselbaai >> Cape Town”
On the first day of 2011 MovingCities drove from the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, via the inlands of the Eastern Cape to Mthatha. The long drive provided an excellent view on how South-Africa’s housing development is integrating with the local landscape. Continue reading “South Africa | Underberg >> Mthatha”
The Kingdom of Swaziland (Umbuso weSwatini) is a landlocked country, bordered to the north south and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. No more than 200 km north to south and 130 km east to west, it has an estimate population of 1,2 million inhabitants. Wikipedia and CIA – The World Factbook have all the introductory info. MovingCities shares the images and provides background to Swaziland’s urban growth (increasing by 6%/year) and what role the World Bank plays in upgrading the country’s settlements and peri-urban living conditions. Continue reading “South Africa | Swaziland”