HONG KONG & SHENZHEN BIENNALE 2008

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The first largest scale architecture Biennale in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
© Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture

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
© Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture


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. 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
© Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture

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.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
© Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture

The Biennale venue is at the Central Police Station Compound. Built in the middle 19th century during the early years of Hong Kong’s colonial period, this historical compound is an important cluster of listed monuments in Central that once housed the police force, judiciary and prison systems within. The exhibition, divided into 6 sections – Mapping Fabric, Building Fabric, Modelling Hong Kong, Networking Cities, Transforming Fabric and Envisioning Fabric – celebrates the venue’s intricate spaces and sequences fabricated through the interweaving of buildings and spaces and the placement of exhibits.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
© Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture

Visitors are invited to come and experience this valuable cultural heritage and at the same time learn more about and reflect on recent interesting and hot topics – from how to redevelop Wanchai’s Lee Tung Street, Sai Ying Pun or Shek Kip Mei factories, how to envision Kai Tak or Central’s harbourfront, how Hong Kong’s hidden citizens assemble their wandering homes, how ghost festival bamboo theatres appear, to the charged infrastructures of the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, and conflicts between cultural preservation and urban renewal in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics.

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale
© Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture

Renowned architects and prominent members of the creative professions have also been invited to host a series of lectures, forums, workshops and guided tours, to share with visitors and enrich their knowledge on both local cultural history and raise public awareness in the role of architecture in urban redevelopment. In addition, more activities are also taking place at the Cattle Depot Artist Village, Fringe Club and Mackie Study.

Free guided tours will be available for the public every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm to 6.30pm ( except 9 & 10 Feb ). Each tour: 25 persons / 90 minutes. Please register at the entrance reception in advance.

The Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture
Date: 10 January – 15 March 2008
(Monday closed / 6–8 February closed)
Place: Central Police Station Compound
Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Opening Hours: Tues–Thurs&Sun 12:00–18:00 / Fri&Sat 12:00–10:00
Admission: Free / No Parking
Tel: (852) 9644 8211
hk-sz.biennale@hkia.net
www.hkszbiennale.asia

Text: Thomas Chung

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