HONG KONG & SHENZHEN URBANISM / ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2008

HAPPENINGText: Thomas Chung

The Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture is the first ever exposition on architecture and the urban environment co-hosted by Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The Hong Kong exhibition has the theme of ‘Refabricating City’. It intends to explore and compare Hong Kong’s urban conditions to international cities worldwide, stimulate public debate about the quality and modes of city living and relevant social and cultural issues, and to show how architecture and urban spaces are intimately linked to our daily life.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
Main Courtyard

This Biennale is the largest scale architecture exhibition in Hong Kong – nearly 100 exhibitors including architects, planners, designers, and architectural and urban scholars from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, USA and Europe have been invited. Exhibitors include big names abroad such as Tod Williams Billie Tsien, Steven Holl, and Herzog & de Meuron to local lobbyist H15 Concern Group and university research groups.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
Mikan

The lineup of architects and designers/artists is equally impressive, with leading figures from China Yung-ho Chang, Ma Qing Yun, Liu Jiakun, Zhang Lei, and Urbanus and many emerging young firms. Exhibitors from Japan include international renowned architects and researchers – Riken Yamamoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Ohno Hidetoshi and Mikan. Rocco Yim, Gravity Partnership, Anothermountainman (Stanley Wong Ping-pui) and Ellen Pao represent the local talents.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
Gravity Partnership

By displaying over 100 works, more than half of which are international pieces, this occasion will not only invigorate the local creative industries but also provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of ideas and dialogue between all diverse parties and citizens alike.

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