Languages of transportation: Memories of Mexico City, impressions of Shanghai

Any city, everyday, from Alpha cities like Singapore to the poorest settlements on Earth develop systems of mobility on their roads, rivers, and skies. These languages of transportation shape physical environments that are ‘visually consumed’ by their citizens. Mobility, whichever the language, transforms urban identities. I remember the 90’s in Mexico City. The transportation identity…

A drop in the ocean: The smart reclaim of rivers in Mexico City

Thousands of works and studies trying to explain the ecocide. Hundreds of projects trying to solve the mistake of the Valley of Mexico. From the pharaonic proposal of Alberto Kalach and Teodoro Gonzales de Leon, to the texts and good intentions of urban researchers such as Jorge Legorreta and Manuel Perló. The great Jose Emilio…

China, a photographic essay

‘When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence’ Ansel Adams

Shanghai, first impressions

One month since my arrival to China. An intense period of 4 weeks holding my new role as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design at DeTao Academy-Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts. I have spent most of my time in the university sector of Songjiang, a massive concentration of universities and related services in the southwest of…

The Meaning of Flying: My take on the new airport of Mexico City

The project is ambitious. It pretends to be one of the three biggest airports in the world by 2020. Norman Foster and Fernando Romero have designed a massive X that will host millions of passengers per year. Do we need such an infrastructure in Mexico City? Is this scale necessary? Similar questions were asked in…

Walking in Times of Uber Cities

Our mobility originates with our feet. Until the last century, the historic configurations of cities were dictated by the human capacity to walk. The Inca and Aztec civilizations sustained large empires for centuries on foot. Walking 5km/hour for 1 hour provides a radius of 2.5 km and an area of 20 km2. These are the distances…

Montreal, poetic urban spaces

I owe my love affaire with architecture and urban spaces to Montreal. Back in 2002 I lived for some months in the Canadian city, then the decision to study architecture in Mexico City. At that time my perception of urban spaces was limited to a bohemian life of a 18-year old guy discovering a new place. The atmospheres…

Words and Cities: The Case of Urban Villages and Eco-Cities/ By Chuan Wang

Chuan Wang: PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh In urban studies, vague concepts accommodate different meanings under the same name. Recent terms are being invented in order to name our dreams of future cities, but this pattern is not new (Garden City 1898; Radiant City 1924; New Urbanism 1993; Global City 1991, etc.) Many…

Art and Sustainability: Lanzarote and Cesar Manrique /By Elena Perez

I have (re) discovered the island of Lanzarote after 20 years. I am extremely lucky. The first thing that struck me there was the conservation of the island’s natural beauty. As the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a popular tourist destination not only for Northern Europeans, but also for visitors from all around the world….

Zocalo: The Centre of My Universe

I like panoptic images. Representations that show the whole at one view. Snapshots that offer plenty of spaces, stories, and atmospheres in a single piece. Among my favourites are the Catalan Atlas of 1375, and the Mexican Map of 1947 from Miguel Covarrubias. Few months ago I had a pleasant encounter with an image that grabs my attention…

The struggle for space: Human and wildlife coexistence in Uganda

IntermittentCity  is proud to introduce a collaboration from Elena Perez about a recent research trip to Africa. Elena is a graduate student in biochemistry, currently completing her MSc by research in Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh. She has a growing interest in the emerging concept of One Health. Curious about everything in general and passionate…