Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist VHILS – born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987] – has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in Shanghai 上海, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS now condenses his findings in his home town Lisbon, drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. MovingCities published, in the October-November 2014 issue of Mark magazine #52, an interview with Portuguese street artist: read VHILS | Dissecting the City.
During the past few months, MovingCities has been moving around – in China and in-between China and Europe. We saw cities stitched together by runways, gazed upon the world from our windowseats. A selection of 20 – aerophotography – images from recent arrivals in and departures from Lisbon, Brussels, Shanghai 上海 and Kunming 昆明市.
And a short introduction to a 24-year old Portuguese priest making real airplanes (from real paper) in 1709.
Two weeks ago, the Guardian, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, unveiled a new section of its website — Guardian Cities — so to shine a spotlight on the urbanisation of the world, whilst highlighting resilience, environmental, sustainability, social, and poverty issues…
MovingCities is very pleased to be included! As such we’ve selected 45 urban images from our 460 posts-archive [see sitemap].
In 2013, MovingCities started using instagram [@movingcities_org] to capture our life in and above the cities, while on the move and wherever else we found ourselves: Shanghai 上海, Beijing 北京, Hangzhou 杭州, Chongqing 重庆, Guilin 桂林, Lisbon, Antwerp, Bari or Lecce.
Understanding these moments as fleeting impressions of spatial conditions that captured our interest, we feature a selection of 18 images that tie 2013 together. You can find the whole overview here, and follow us in 2014 here.
Today, Wang Shu receives the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Beijing. Exclusively for Ípsilon [a weekly cultural supplement of the Portuguese daily newspaper Público], MovingCities had a lengthy talk with Wang Shu 王澍 & Lu Wenyu 陆文宇 [amateur architecture studio 业余建筑工作室] about past, present and future.
The article – Wang Shu constrói a China tijolo a tijolo [Wang Shu, Constructing China Brick by Brick] – translated by Mónica Carriço, in Portuguese, is available for subscribers only.
We feature a couple of quotes and extracts.
MovingCities flies from Lisbon to Brussels, developing the idea of an AirplaneApp dealing with aerophotography. September 2, 2011.
MovingCities visits and provides background to the Quinta da Malagueira-project in Évora, masterplan and design by Álvaro Siza Vieira.