MAXIMUM CITIES

With the rapid growth of technology, the world does seem to be getting smaller. Today we are linked with cities and countries all over the world we never thought possible. Through these links people are able to survey the ever changing global landscape, including the birth and expansion of new major cities around the globe. Maximum Cities: Beijing, Bombay, Buenos Aires takes a look at the emergence of these three cities located in China, India and Argentina respectively and the many facets of their continued progress as they climb into the driver’s seat as the worlds new cultural hubs. Maximum Cities illustrates how these cities have morphed into the exciting and technologically advanced cultural epicenters that they are today, examining the phenomenon of the urban sprawl as cities reach new gigantic sizes both vertically and horizontally.

Beijing has been propelled into the spotlight after the 2008 Olympic Games where their awe inspiring fireworks, and futuristic stadiums were broadcast the world over. The city itself has undergone tremendous development over the past two decades as businesses look to the capital to build their Asian headquarters. The city sprawls an astonishing 16,801.25 km2 (6,487 sq mi) and boasts a population of 22,000,000 people who call Beijing “home.” There is a vibrant art scene in Beijing with art districts popping up all around the cities 16 districts. It is here that the iconic CCTV building by OMA Architects exemplifies the old meets new motto of the city with its thoroughly modern take on ancient Feng Shui principles. It is here that artist Ai Weiwei creates his world renowned sculptural pieces in the Caochangdi art district and visitors flock to Dashanzi to visit the 798 art space.

 Paling comparatively in size, Bombay in India has been undergoing a radical transformation. Twinned with some of the most famous cities in the world (among them, Berlin, London, and Seoul to name a few) Bombay is striving to become a key location for the exchange of ideas as well as commerce. Though the city spans only a modest 437.71 km2 (169 sq mi) Bombay has a booming population of 13,830,884 citizens. The cities new buildings are built higher with each passing year with the Imperial Towers reaching 60 stories and the proposed World One building reaching 117 stories by the year 2014 to accommodate its population as well as the influx of visitors and people doing business in the city.

In recent years there has been a large influx of tourism to Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires with tourists snatching up one of kind paintings by street artists plying their trade on the streets of the South American cultural hot spot. A Hispanic country with a distinctly European feel, Argentina is an ethnically diverse melting pot of European immigrants. The city is only 203 km2 (78.5 sq mi) but its influence is far reaching as exhibitions showcasing Argentinian artists working in the capital have hit big name commercial galleries in America as well as Europe.

As these countries expand their influence over the world, this exhibition tracks their progress through urban expansion, architectural development and artistic expression.


都市

随着技术飞速进步世界好像的确越变越小。如今我们能够以过去无法想象的方式与世界不同城市或国家联系起来。通过这些连接人们得以审视不断变化的全球图景包括世界各地新生都市的诞生与扩张。超级都市北京、孟买、布宜诺斯艾利斯将目光对准了这三座分别位于中国、印度和阿根廷的大都市追踪它们最初如何兴起又经历了哪些不同的发展阶段最终成为世界新文化中心的理想候选者。“超级都市”绘了这三座城市怎样一步步变成今天这样令人兴奋、技术先进的文化集散地同时探讨随着城市规模在水平和垂直层面上都达到前所未有的程度城市扩张究竟意味着什么。

2008年奥运会绚烂的焰火表演、充满未来色彩的比赛场馆在全球直播的同时也将北京推向前台成为世界关注的中心。而城市本身在过去二十年里也经历了翻天覆地的变化越来越多跨国公司看准首都北京纷纷将亚洲总部立于此。北京市占地面积已达到惊人的16,801.25平方公里拥有人口2200。北京的艺术界充满活力16个区县到处不断有新的艺术区冒出来。在这里OMA建筑师们设计的地标式建筑央视大楼以完全现代的手段处理古老的风水原则充分表现了这座城市中新旧元素如何交汇。在这里艺术家艾未未制造了他著名的草场地建筑群而大山子798艺术区更是游客络绎不绝。

比之下印度孟买规模就要小很多但这座城市同样经历了巨大的变化。孟买和世界许多著名城市如柏林、伦敦、首尔一道正在努力将自身建设成一个观点和商业交换的关场地。尽管城区面积只有437.71平方公里孟买的人口却已迅速增至13830884。城里的建筑一年比一年高帝国大厦一共60层而提议于2014年竣工的World One公寓大楼则达到117层。该建筑的主要功能是为孟买飞速增长的人口提供居住空间同时也服务于到孟买旅游或出差的外来人士。

最近几年阿根廷首都布宜诺斯艾利斯旅游业异常繁荣许多游客都愿意到这座南美文化热点城市从街头艺术家那买上一幅独一无二的绘画作品。阿根廷是一个西语国家欧洲色彩浓郁民族上成分多样堪称是欧洲移民的大熔炉。城市面积只有203平方公里但其影响力远不止于此很多现居布宜诺斯艾利斯的阿根廷艺术家的 作品已经出现在欧美不少大牌商业画廊的展览上。

 这三个国家在全球扩大自身影响力的同时本次展览希望通过城市发展、建筑开发和艺术表达追踪它们的发展轨迹。