Lisbon is build on 7 hills. Brussels, Rome, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Istanbul and Amman share the same topographic characteristic, they are capital cities said to be build on 7 hills. In 2005, in pre-MovingCities-times, I started mixing these cities together in theory and presented in the context of the UIA2005-congress (Istanbul) the 7-project as a visual interpretation of cities built on the apocalyptic topography of seven hills. All equal in topography, all resembling and differing from the other. 7 is a mythical-critical interpretation of the image of these cities, broadens, resurrects and focuses on the accidental encounter between apocalypse, hill and metropolis.Details
“Living in Here” is the general theme of the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition. The exhibition presents a collective proposal for affordable housing in Mexico City. Curated by Javier Sánchez, the exhibition is split up in two parts, at the one hand there are the interviews with architects, developers, housing authorities, academics, members of architectural associations, community leaders, as well as inhabitants from affordable housing projects, while on the other hand 10 groups of young architects were invited to propose ideas for affordable projects inside the city.Details
Taking “Ordinary Architecture” as their general theme, the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale 2008 presents an exhibition including the work of five Chinese architects – Liu Jiakun, Tong Ming, Ge Ming, Li Xinggang, Liu Kecheng, and photographer Wang Di. The exhibition is curated by Yung Ho Chang, Acheng Zhong and Gong Yan.Details
FARM is the curator of the Singapore Pavilion for Venice Architectural Biennale 2008, SUPERGARDEN. MovingCities’ Singaporean connection, founders of 5ft Creatives, and the people behind Five Foot Way (@ AdibJalal [was adibjalal.com]), are the youngest participant from Singapore. Also included in the selection are Lekker Design.Details
“Additions: Architecture along a Continuum” is the name of the exhibition in the Israeli pavilion at the Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition, opening September 14, 2008. Amongst others, Jonathan Rokem and Alma Tsur, Yonatan Cohen and Dan Handel, whom movingcities worked with during the ‘What can we learn from China?’-workshop, at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, February 2008. Dan Handel and Yonatan Cohen invited movingcities on behalf of the City/State Unit – Bezalel Academy for Art and Design to conduct the workshop. Both of them were selected to work out their ideas on the future of Tel Aviv as part of the Israeli Pavilion and present a project called ‘Affordable City’.Details
Driving from the center of Lisbon to the 1998 Lisbon World Expo Site, cruising through a peri-urban area, then along the river Tagus to end up in the heart of the Expo site. The World’s Fair was held in Lisbon from May 22 to September 30, 1998. The theme of the fair was “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future,” chosen in part to commemorate 500 years of Portuguese discoveries. Built from scratch on an 50 hectares site, ten years later this area is a bustling part, slightly on the edge of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
Driving from South to North over the “25th of April Bridge”, a 2.2 kilometers suspension bridge over the river Tagus in Lisbon. Built in 1966, it looks much like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and was constructed by the same builders. A couple of snapshots of Lisbon from on top of the bridge.