Yinzhou | urban change

'Yinzhou New Town' - Ningbo's Yinzhou District | October 10, 2010

Now the 2010 Shanghai 上海 World Exhibition is officially over and the theme of “Better City, Better Life” has been discussed from all possible angles, it is time to figure out how to implement all that has been said, pondered upon and promised. As can be seen from the picture above, the World’s Exhibit mascot – Haibao (meaning the treasure of the sea) – has not only been roaming the Expo site, but also has been acting as a treasurer for urban change and territorial renewal in Ningbo’s Yinzhou District 宁波市鄞州区.

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Yinzhou New Town | 5 scattered houses

'Teahouse 1 – broken shadow' by Amateur Architecture Studio | October 9, 2010

In the center of Yinzhou New Town (Ningbo’s District) 宁波市鄞州区 a 25.7 hectares park is situated and in it five scattered houses are located around a lake. In the vicinity one also finds a government building and the Ningbo Historic Museum. The last one, as well the five structures, were designed by Amateur Architecture Studio. It is here that we interviewed in 2008 its principal Wang Shu – Local Hero [Mark Magazine#19] – and recently returned to. After the skyline, a couple of scattered snapshots.

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Ningbo | Yinzhou New Town Skyline

'Yinzhou New Town' - Ningbo's Yinzhou District | October 10, 2010

The Yangtze River Delta is one of the bustling building centers of China where not only cities such as Shanghai 上海, Nanjing 南京 or Hangzhou 杭州 are transforming and creating new business and civic (sub)centers but where also the connections in-between them (railroads and highways) are being optimized. A few weekends ago, MovingCities went to Ningbo 宁波 – integrated into the so-called 2 hours economic circle of which Shanghai is the core – and came back with snapshots from paradise: Yinzhou New Town (District) 鄞州区.

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Portugal | drive-through II

From Portimão to Alte | Algarve, August 16, 2010

More summer snapshots while driving along Portugal’s secondary routes. This time from Prainha, Portimão to Alte, passing such poetic places as Silves and São Bartolomeu de Messines, having respectively about 10,800 and 9,500 inhabitants. A journey from the sandy and crowded Algarve beach to the hilly interior countryside and the whitewashed houses and narrow, cobbled streets of the village of Alte, 2,000 inhabitants.

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Portugal | drive-through I

Sado river estuary in the city of Setúbal | August 13, 2010

A series of past summer snapshots while southwards speeding through Portugal, from Lisbon to the Algarve. Instead of taking the A2 highway, the Auto-estrada do Sul, we scanned the landscape from a parallel national road, the IC1, part of the old main road to the Algarve. After crossing the river estuary in the city of Setúbal, where the Sado River enters the Atlantic Ocean, this secondary road showed us, while chasing the sunset, glimpses of villages, vineyards, churches, mountain ranges and fields.

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