The University of Hong Kong | Discussion Series

2014 Discussion Series | MovingCities lecture @HKU 18Mar2014

MovingCities is invited by the Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong to participate in their Spring 2014 Discussion Series. Entitled ‘Moving Cities, Life on the New Frontier‘, Bert de Muynck will lecture in Hong Kong 香港 at HKU’s Knowles Building this Tuesday, March 18th, between 5:30 and 6:30pm. If you are around, looking forward to see you then and there. Continue reading “The University of Hong Kong | Discussion Series”

TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari

TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari | September 16, 2013

Last September, MovingCities was invited by Regione PugliaARTI [Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation] to conduct a one-day workshop in Barivecchia (Old Bari, Italy). Under the program “TRY! – Training Regeneration Youth” part of “YOUTH ADRINET” -project, a group of 17 young participants attended this one-day workshop. We talked, shared, explored, speculated, mapped, discussed and observed. Continue reading “TRY! | MovingCities Workshop in Bari”


《ABITARE 住》'Hutong/adaptation' | Guest-edited by MovingCities

《ABITARE 住》 TALK @ Dashilar Factory | BJDW 2013

The special issue of ABITARE China magazine –  HUTONG /Adaptation, guest-edited by MovingCities  – was launched on Saturday September 28th, at Dashilar Factory’s Auditorium [No. 8. Dawailangying Hutong, Dashilar 大栅栏]. Part of  Beijing Design Week 2013 series of events, MovingCities presented the magazine, its contents and the idea behind the keyword ‘HUTONG’ /Adaptation.

We cordially invite you to attend our special events, on the occasion of Beijing Design Week 2013. All events are presented on the occasion of ABITARE China magazine summer issue which, customarily rooted in the exploration of selected themes around specific ‘key words’, has taken {hutong} as springboard for an investigation of Beijing’s historical urban tissue, its past, present and preservation (Guest edited by MovingCities).
2013北京国际设计周日程 (pdf) [活动时间表] 设计之旅 [时间] 9.28 14:00-16:00
[活动 ] 特别活动:移动城市胡同居住问题 [地点] 大栅栏

HUTONG ADAPTATION, an overview of Beijing’s preservation agenda

Special guests included architect Liang Jingyu 梁井宇/approach architecture studio 场域建筑 (whom, until recently, advised and consulted on the new development of Dashilar – as part of the Dashila(b) project – recently restructured/renamed Dashilar Project) and Andrew Bryant co-founder of [META: HUTONGS 超胡同]. Between presentations and following dialog, the video Building New Lives 古城新生’  – a China Daily Multimedia production – by Sun Peng 孙鹏 – was screened at Dashilar Factory’s Auditorium.

For further information, background, pictures and reviews of the BJDW2013 check out following international media coverage:
abitare / core77 > > / wallpaper / NewRepublic / WSJ / ionawhittaker /

MovingCities presents 《ABITARE 住》#34 HUTONG @ Dashilar Factory | BJDW 2013

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《ABITARE 住》at Beijing Design Week 2013 | HUTONG


《ABITARE 住》 TALK |Beijing Design Week: Design HOP@UCCA

The presentation of ABITARE China special issue, at Dashilar, was part of a series of talks related to BJDW 2013. Under the umbrella title of “Hutong Anatomy: Preservation, Friend or Foe?” 北京国际设计周-设计之旅@UCCA:剖析胡同——保留旧城是敌是友? the UCCA hosted another event on September 24th 2013:

This Beijing Design Week: Design HOP@UCCA forum convenes a panel of experts and historians to discuss the intertwining of temporal, political, and social factors that have shaped Beijing’s urban construction, specifically the traditional Beijing hutong. How have changing definitions of private and public property and urban planning (or the lack thereof) manifested in recent decades? What is happening today? The forum is introduced by BJDW Creative Director Beatrice Leanza 毕月 and moderated by Abitare China contributor Chao Yan 晁艳.

Organized by Rizzoli BeijingBeijing Design Week & Ullens Center for Contemporary Art – invited speakers included French-Chinese writer, advocate of Old Beijing and advisor on property rights – Hua Xinmin 华新民; Chief Executive of Memory of China .org engaged with research and protection of old houses and neighbourhoods of Beijing – Zhang Jinqi 张金起; and Wang Youyin 王优银 – Lawyer and Director of Beijing Shengyun Law Firm, specialized in disputes over land acquisition and resettlement. [NOTE: Guests participating in this forum are featured/interviewed on ABITARE China’s ‘HUTONG‘ -issue (see TOC)].

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HUTONG/Adaptation 胡同社区共生

《ABITARE 住》#34 HUTONG | Guest-edited by MovingCities, 2013

About ABITARE China

ABITARE seeks for cutting edge design, architecture and art project, all seen from a new perspective. Based on the 50-year-old classic magazine Abitare specializing in culture and architecture, ABITAREChina always follows a characteristic, literary writing style, and covers in depth events and stories about architecture, design, culture and people in a lively and interesting way. Abitare China a cross-media communication endorsed by Rizzoli Beijing in 2008, the main goal of which is to promote design culture and bring design to everyday life.

About MovingCities

MovingCities is a Shanghai-based think-tank investigating the role of architecture and urbanism in shaping the contemporary city. Established in 2007 by Bert de Muynck [BE] and Mónica Carriço [PT], MovingCities publishes, collaborates talks and walks, and operate as embedded architects. During the past years MovingCities has conducted research, lectures, creative consultancy and workshops in China, Israel, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Indonesia and Italy.


MovingCities wishes to thank the many individuals who contributed their valuable time and expertise through the interviews, texts, photography and projects that form the foundation of this issue. 感谢:MovingCities在此对接受采访、提供文字、图片以及项目案例的诸位表示由衷的感谢,感谢他们对于胡同专辑所付出的宝贵时间及专业建树。


For further inquiries, updates, background, interviews and lectures related to
ABITARE China #34 Hutong/Adaptation contact MovingCitiesinfo [at] movingcities [dot] org

DEFAULT13 | Shanghai panel at K11

DEFAULT 13 | The Role of Public Art in Asia and Europe

Join us tomorrow, April 16 – 7pm at chi K11 art space [chi K11艺术空间] in Xintiandi for a public panel related to the DEFAULT 13 project [see MovingCities announcement].
This event will be first public panel of six supplementary events that will be organized between April and October 2013 in different cities across Europe and Asia. On this occasion the lecturers will address, through their different professional experiences and backgrounds, The Role of Public Art in Asia and Europe [DEFAULT 13 -公共艺术在亚洲与欧洲社会的角色]. Continue reading “DEFAULT13 | Shanghai panel at K11”

Shanghai State of Affairs | Igor Peraza [EMBT]

Spanish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo by EMBT | 2010

The fourth installment of the 2012/13 “Shanghai State of Affairs” lecture series by Bert de Muynck at the HKU Shanghai Study Center is dealing with ‘Architectural Practice before and after the 2010 Shanghai World Expo‘. Invited speaker this Tuesday is Igor Peraza – Director Shanghai Office Miralles Tagliabue EMBT – who will not only talk about his professional experience of practicing in Shanghai 上海, but bring these in relation with past experiences in Japan during the 1980s.
Presentation and debate will take place this Tuesday April 9 – from 19.30 pm till 21.00 pm – at the HKU Shanghai Study Center. Continue reading “Shanghai State of Affairs | Igor Peraza [EMBT]”

Shanghai State of Affairs | Neri & Hu [NHDRO]

Waterhouse Boutique Hotel by NHDRO | 2010

The third installment of the 2012/13 “Shanghai State of Affairs” lecture series by Bert de Muynck at the HKU Shanghai Study Center is centered around ‘Updating & Rethinking Shanghai’s Design & Architecture’. Invited speaker this Saturday is Lyndon Neri [Founding Partner NHDRO] who will talk about the experience of practicing, over a decade, from and in Shanghai 上海.
Presentation and debate will take place this Saturday March 9 – from 10.30 am till 12.30 pm – at the HKU Shanghai Study Center. Continue reading “Shanghai State of Affairs | Neri & Hu [NHDRO]”

MovingCities 2012 | an overview

Shanghai | January 1, 2013

2012 was a good year for MovingCities. With 2013 barely started, we composed a non-lineair overview of the past year. The selection is based on content, correspondences and aspects of continuity across various projects, publications and places. While our Portuguese posts on Peter Zumthor and Álvaro Siza Vieira keep on generating traffic, with 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu we found a close runner-up. But we’re also pleased that our, incognito, Koolhaas-Simpsons scoop made it to the sixths place on Archinect’s Top 12 News Posts of 2012. MovingCities in 2012 was about cities, architecture and the creative industries in China. A selected flashback. Continue reading “MovingCities 2012 | an overview”