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.
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 June 2013, ABITARE China magazine invited MovingCities to guest edit its summer issue on the topic of (re)Design Heritage – Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City. We took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of the city of Beijing 北京: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong 胡同. Hence we came up with HUTONG /Adaptation as our unifying theme. Check this post for more background; read our Preface and TOC or order a copy of《Abitare住》#34 [September 2013].
Last September, MovingCities was invited by Regione Puglia & ARTI [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.
Bert de Muynck | MovingCities published in the Feb-March 2013 issue of Mark magazine #42 an interview with Liangfu Ni 倪良富 and Haoru Chen 陈浩如 called The Brick Whisperer. Reporting from Ningbo 宁波, the text deals with the Chinese craftsman Mr. Ni who’s skilful use of recycled bricks in the Ningbo History Museum, the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and the Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion in Shanghai has elevated him to the ranks of celebrity, particularly in this part of the world.
Last Friday, November 2, MovingCities organized a panel – as part of EARS ON SHANGHAI [Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions] – on the architectural design of theatre spaces in China called ‘EARS on Venue Architecture & Design‘. [NEW: video update!]
The presentations – by PES architects, gmp Architekten, Eva Wang Studio & NorthernLight – took place at Shanghai’s Zhabei District Daning Theatre 大宁剧院 上海市闸北区.
Last Saturday, TEDxTheBund took place in Shanghai 上海. TEDxTheBund is an independently organized TED event. Under the same theme ‘City2.0 – a day of urban inspiration‘, and for one day only, TEDx communities hosted 70 events around the world.
MovingCities presented ideas, impressions and images. TEDxShanghai