Last July I attended an exhibition at the architecture firm gmp in Hamburg, Germany, about the futuristic building project about one hour’s drive from Shanghai, Lingang. Now, in the shadow of the Shanghai Expo, Die Zeit’s awesome architecture critic, Hanno Rauteberg, puts forth a huge article on the topic, and his considered thoughts on the future of green architecture, life at sea, and the relationship between architects, dictators, and revolutionaries.
If anyone’s keeping track, these clips were recorded on Friday night at 3:30 a.m. in a little hotel owned by a Punjabi family outside of Weed (California), with the help of a Hamburg longshoreman and all-around-rogue I later drove to Los Angeles who you have the pleasure of meeting in the first video here. There will be more excerpts from this story on the way (particularly as YouTube is finally falling before my own technological onslaught), and maybe an epic poem about the sweep down the coast, but in the meantime, please enjoy, to the extent possible, this German-English content on the future of architecture in East Asia and globally.
And, for those needing an intellectual mint — or meditating on the future of Kim Jong Il — a short excerpt from Thomas Carlyle.