30 November, 2009

Popcorns and TV room à la Koolhaas


-the Olympic-era buildings, ""different!"" from what's normally built in Beijing and the rest of China-




To know more about my living experience in Beijing click here.

29 November, 2009

AA Landscape Urbanism Talk in Beijing

Jorge Ayala gave a lecture at Studio Zhu Pei on the 6th November 2009.
The lecture focused on the horizontality and techniques that permeates the work of Landscape Urbanism.




.
The talk served to introduce to Beijingers the International Horticultural Fair 2011 in Xi'An, China.

Warm Thanks to Zhu Pei and Andrew Bryant without whom, this fruitful lecture couldn't be possibly done.
Photos: Ben Donaldson
.
To know more about Studio Pei Zhu click here.

27 November, 2009

Shanghai 2010, under construction

This inverted pyramid structure -nearly complete- is the China pavilion,
the physical model...

the real one...
From Shanghai's Lupu Bridge, above the Huangpu River, one obtains a complete high-altitude view of the World Expo 2010 site.



You are looking at the largest Expo fairground in the century-and-a-half history of Expos, to be filled with the largest number of confirmed attendees (200 or more countries).

Photos: Jorge Ayala
To know more about my living experience in Shanghai click here.

25 November, 2009

Memoirs of China. Beijing Intersections

Beijing is -to me- what was Paris a hundred years ago.
The most icon-to-become buildings and structures happen on a daily basis.
The creation of boulevards, highways and hyper connections seems endless.
The construction sites are in every inner-ring space left in the city…
… but, does that justify the destruction of their past?
.
The city is dominated by each single object.In recent years Beijing skyline has been crowded by landmarks...










Photos: Jorge Ayala
To know more about my living experience in Beijing click here.

24 November, 2009

Chinese sentiment, Chapter No. 2

(Back from China, highlights)
My last two days in China before my departure were very quiet.
Fair enough, I think.
I had lunch with Dongyun (our Chinese partner in Beijing) and told him about my love for China (although I knew I would really be the one asking the questions to him!).
If everything goes well I should have to go back in 2010.

…luckily the weather in Paris is good today.
.
.
Hangzhou




Chengde

Cuandixia

Xi'an
Daxing



Photos: Jorge Ayala

To know more about my living experience in China click here.