During our second week of Lisbon explorations we ended up in suburbia. And on the summits, the so-called Miradouro’s, of some of the 7 hills. Oftentimes near the end of the evening. Some snapshots from the suburbs of Algueirão and Mem Martins and views from the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, Miradouro da Graça and Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte. Continue reading “Lisbon snapshots | part III”
More pictures resulting from circumstantial movements through Lisbon, while ascending and descending the hills and overlooking the city. A continuation of “7 Hills“-project which was presented and developed, in pre-MovingCities times, for the UIA2005 Congress in Istanbul:
Following up on earlier visits to Lisbon, a series of new urban snapshots. Pictures that are the outcome of a leisurely and seemingly detached relation with all things urban. While being disconnected from any form of work, research or commission, we moved without purpose and halted at those spots where crowds gathered, voids were taking over the urban body and on roads leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading “Lisbon snapshots | part I”
On Tuesday May 12 the “Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture”-exhibition opened at the National Art Museum of China . Marking the first anniversary of the May 12th Wenchuan earthquake, the exhibition shows 16 proposals from Chinese and foreign architects. Their aim is to raise awareness over the prevention and relief of natural disasters and epidemics. Introduction and snapshots of the opening.
On Thursday April 16 MovingCities flew from Brussels to Lisbon. While leaving and landing, some additional “aerophotographical” archiving was done. No tacky wildlife-shots from airballoons, no shoots from helicopters while using a tilt-shift lens but snapshots while ascending architectures, while diving and touching down in cities.
According to statistics Belgium is 99% urbanized. Driving through it, one is forced to rethink one’s “Chinese” perception of urbanization. Belgium is fully peri-urbanized, offering a strongly mixed territory of housing developments, roads, warehouses, churches and open fields. Some coined “nebular city” for this development which is most visible in Flanders, located in the Northern half of the country.
In 1968 the Belgian architect Renaat Braem published a manifesto on his native country called “The Ugliest Country in the World”. In 1979, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Belgian independence, architect and artist Luc Deleu (T.O.P. Office) laid ‘the last stone of Belgium’ in his small front garden in Antwerp. Today, rather surprisingly, Belgium still exists. Some snapshots and background to a 99% urbanized territory.