From airport to airport, cruising over the continent. Spending more time in airports than in airplanes. Enjoying life inside Aviopolis, the name of a book which is the result of a collaboration between Australian theorist Gillian Fuller and artist Ross Rudesch Harley. Gillian Fuller is also the author of the essay Life in Transit: between airport and camp:Details
The MAS (tagline a new museum in Antwerp about the river, the city, the port and the world) is a design by Neutelings-Riedijk Architects and currently under construction. Surprisingly under construction one could say, as the design was already on the table in 1999 when Neutelings-Riedijk won the international architectural competition. It took 7 years to lay the first stone, in September 2006, and the museum is supposed to be operational in 2010.Details
Leaving China for Europe and changing Beijing for a couple of European capitals during the coming weeks. movingcities will take it calm and easy for a while, occasionally posting some urban snapshots and impressions. First trip, Beijing to Amsterdam, from cruising the ringroads to cruising the canals.
Urbane, tag line China’s only English-language monthly magazine devoted to architecture, design, lifestyle, travel and real estate, has its August issue out. Bert de Muynck | movingcities contributed to it with a short article on Beijing’s hutong hallucinations and the launch of a new urban pressure group, the Friends of New Beijing.Details
While monitoring the metropolis’s mobility, once can only be surprised how the city differs from one day to another. Following up on Sunday’s Beijing | the blue belt trip, movingcities roamed the second ring road on Monday morning. Another excursion in density and visibility, another grey architectural anatomy. This time in the other direction, from Gulou till Fuchengmen subway station. Another hazy day, more cars jamming under a grey roof. The city was back to normal, out of focus, and trapped in a climatic condition that is notoriously known as the Beijing blur. An impression, with a pinch of contrast added to the pictures.
With the closing down of construction sites and restrictions put on the metropolis’s mobility, the city of Beijing has changed its color during the past weeks. Albeit still daily suffering from a thick layer of white-grey clouds hovering over the city, the sky is turning blue, mostly during the weekend. Building contours become more visible, textures more sharp, cars disappear and Beijing is showing a better appearance, one beyond the blur. But also one that is suspiciously empty. On Sunday August 3 MovingCities drove around the Nothern and Eastern section of Beijing’s second ring road, from Gulou till Dongsishitiao subway station, roaming the ring roads, observing the city from the overpasses, photographing the post-pollution era. An impression.
Mark Magazine has its 14th issue out. Bert de Muynck | movingcities contributed to it with an article on Beijing’s Olympic Architecture. Throughout the past months the flood of article’s on the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube delivered a particularly distorted image of the impact of the Olympic Games on the Chinese capital city. Focusing on a few lesser known Olympic Stadia might put Beijing’s Olympic development in another perspective.Details