South Africa | Johannesburg >> Nelspruit

Johannesburg - Nelspruit | December 28, 2010

The distance between Johannesburg and Nelspruit is approximately 300 kilometer. The aforementioned lies in Guateng Province – the smallest yet wealthiest province in South Africa – while Nelspruit is the capital city of Mpumalanga Province (meaning “the place of the rising sun”), home to scenic spots, wildlife and the Kruger National Park. The N4 Highway runs Eastwards from Jo’burg and connects both cities while cutting through farmlands, factories, mountains and villages. Snapshots from a scenic roadtrip. Continue reading “South Africa | Johannesburg >> Nelspruit”

South Africa | Johannesburg >> Pretoria

Pretoria | December 25, 2010

During holiday seasons, some cities become empty and deserted. At those moments cities are discharged: they become places where businesses are left behind, shops are closed and streets abandoned. The local population has left the city in search for leisure, while groups of tourists wander vacant parks and municipal squares, thereby accidentally mingling with brides and grooms in search for a picture perfect setting. Continue reading “South Africa | Johannesburg >> Pretoria”

South Africa | journey intro: Johannesburg

Johannesburg | December 24, 2010

We’re back! With updates, text and snapshots.
After 24 hours of traveling, MovingCities arrived on December 23, 2010, in Johannesburg, South Africa. It signaled the commencement of a five-week travel through South Africa and Mozambique.

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting our impressions of an approximately 5,000-kilometer-journey that brought us to cities such as Johannesburg, Port Elisabeth, Mosselbaai, Capetown, Maputo and many more. Continue reading “South Africa | journey intro: Johannesburg”

10 X 2010 | MovingCities

Shanghai Jing'An District [January, 2010]

A quick MovingCities wrap-up of the past year. A selection of 10 posts representing the way we have experiencing cities, architectures, travels, projects, research and writing in 2010. As ever, the selection is a metropolitan mix of construction, demolition, interviews, being on-the-move, projects and publications. Click on any of the images below to find out more. Continue reading “10 X 2010 | MovingCities”

Guangzhou >> Shenzhen

Guangzhou - Shenzhen | December 6, 2010

The second leg of the recent MovingCities travel to the Pearl River Delta was in function of the participation by Bert de Muynck in the 2010 Shenzhen International Conference and UNESCO Creative Cities Network-conference [more information on the Shenzhen Design-website]. So, on Monday December 6, we left Guangzhou to arrive about one a half hour later in Shenzhen. Snapshots while looking sideways at the shifting urban and manufacturing landscapes. Continue reading “Guangzhou >> Shenzhen”

Guangzhou | Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects | December 5, 2010
Guangzhou Opera House Zaha Hadid Architects

About a year after our first visit to the Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects, MovingCities returned to the site to check on the completed building. One doesn’t need an expert eye to understand that the finishing has been rushed so to coincide with the opening of Guangzhou Asian Games last November. From a look at the facade and the tectonics one notices a clear gap between the hyper-digital intentions and it handicraft execution. The Opera House feels more like of a mock-up rather than of a masterpiece. Unintentionally, and in line with its concept, the concert hall is already eroding. Continue reading “Guangzhou | Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects”

Guangzhou | airport to center

Guangzhou

Another 30 frames. [previously]

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