Yinzhou | counting the people

Ningbo's Yinzhou District | October 10, 2010'

Who are the people of China? Who are the people constructing, demolishing and sweeping the Chinese city? Where do they live? Soon we’ll know. At least how many people live in China’s urban areas. While the state is counting its people, we are busy taking pictures… A Ningbo’s Yinzhou District 宁波市鄞州区.-selection. Continue reading “Yinzhou | counting the people”

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. Continue reading “Yinzhou | urban change”

Shanghai | The Wrinkles of the City by JR

JR at work | Shanghai, October 21, 2010

This week the French photographer and artist JR is working in and with the city of Shanghai on a project called The Wrinkles of the City 城市肌理. The anonymous artist hit this week the international spotlights, as he received the 2011 TED Prize for his work. In preparation for his upcoming show at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai, JR and his crew were working in a dilapidated area in Shanghai. MovingCities joined the artist on site, conducted an interview and returned with snapshots. Continue reading “Shanghai | The Wrinkles of the City by JR”

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. Continue reading “Yinzhou New Town | 5 scattered houses”

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. Continue reading “Ningbo | Yinzhou New Town Skyline”

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. Continue reading “Portugal | drive-through II”

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. Continue reading “Portugal | drive-through I”