Ordos 100 | Saturday & Sunday, June 28-29. The last days of the second phase of ORDOS100. Day 4 continued with the critiques of the 36 proposals that were previously presented. Day 5, Mr. Cai, the client, and FAKE Design offered the architects a late afternoon dinner, toasted around and wished them a good journey back home.
Followed a last tour through the ‘old Ordos’, taking a 38 kilometers drive to the new airport, while the sun was lightening up the green desert. Architects checked in and flew in two airplanes back to Beijing.
Wednesday June 25. Day 1 of the second phase presentation of ORDOS100. 36 architects, 36 villa’s, 36 presentations, 36 thousand square meters of creative thinking. A bombardment of ideas on a plot somewhere in Inner-Mongolia. 9 hours of words and images. Interrupted by a lunch break.
In the center of the meeting room one finalized model, featuring the 100 proposals, around which the architects gathered. All architects and models meticulously being scanned by the jurors Ai Weiwei (FAKE design), Wang Shu (chief architect Amateur Architecture Studio) and Cui Kai (chief architect of China Architecture Design and Research Group). A snapshot impression. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | presentation phase II”
ORDOS100 concluded its third and last meeting. Between June 24 and June 29, the 72 international architecture offices of ORDOS100 phase II came back to Ordos, Inner Mongolia. movingcities attended this meeting, absorbing 72000 square meters of villa’s in five days, that is 600 square meters an hour. An impression of the opening evening. Continue reading “ORDOS100 | conclusion phase II”
Bert de Muynck | movingcities publishes “Making minced meat of memory” in the MUDOT Magazine. In a series of projects dealing with ‘hutong hallucinations’ the author mixes Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, Michel Houellebecq, Ou Ning, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ai Weiwei, Simone de Beauvoir and many others into the debate on Beijing’s preservation. Prince Charles, unfortunately, launched his call to ‘save the hutongs’ too late to meet the deadline of the essay.