The 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) opens with multiple exhibitions across the territory showcasing the smartness of the city
The 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) (UABBHK) kick-started on December 12 with a ceremony officiated by the Honourable Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, and Honourable Standing Committee Member of CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Director of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee, Yang Hong as the Guests of Honour (below). They were joined by Marvin Chen, President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects; Ivan Ho, Chairman of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation; Fiona Lung, President of Hong Kong Institute of Planners; Ron Leung, Chairman of The Hong Kong Designers Association; Victor Tsang, Head of CreateHK; Professor Bernard Lim, JP; and Alice Yeung, Co-Chairpersons of the UABB(HK) 2017 Steering Committee; and Dr Chan Lai-kiu, the Chief Curator of UABB(HK) 2017.
This year, the exhibition is going local – inviting the public to visit nine locations in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to explore sustainable solutions to Hong Kong's architectural and planning problems. The event is organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, in conjunction with The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Hong Kong Institute of Planners and Hong Kong Designers Association; it is sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of HKSAR Government.
Since its inception in 2007, the biennale has sought to invigorate local creative professionals and raise public interest in critical architectural and urban design, enhancing cultural dialogue between Hong Kong and the rest of the world. This year, with a theme "City Smarts: Density 2.0", the exhibition highlights the city's ability to improvise through its wisdom, experience and culture – its 'city smarts' – and the adaptable nature of Hong Kong architecture.
With a curating team led by architect Dr Chan Laikiu, the two-month event features a wide scope of exhibits such as artworks, installations, spotlight designs and architecture, as well as interactive exhibits that use augmented technology. There are more than 80 exhibitors including – but not limited to – architects, planners, ecologists, fashion and product designers, filmmakers, photographers and students.
"UABB(HK) 2017 would like to showcase the Hong Kong 'City Smarts' and it may point the way to solving some of the current problems, and help Hong Kong to become a more appreciative, positive and inclusive society," says Chan.
The multiple venues provide a city-wide platform for exchange, interaction and discussion for the public. The eight vacant or shared locations and hubs in Hong Kong, spread around Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Western District, showcase themed exhibitions of the various interactive elements. The exhibition in Nantou Old Town, the main venue for the Shenzhen part of the event, reviews the history and city development of both cities with the theme of Mutual Cooperation.
A series of lecture and forum programmes, guided tours and other public activities will be organised during the exhibition to drive public engagement. A city treasure hunt game is also planned to encourage the public to visit different sites for a chance to win a piece of Hong Kong – a building-shaped popsicle mould – by checking in at various locations with a tailor-made app.
By CL3 Architects Ltd / Lim + Lu
This furniture piece examines the inherent qualities of the New York trolley. Its bipolar characteristic of functioning as a sofa in a reclined position and as a coat rack when upright has given it multiple personalities.
By Mic Leong, Soilworm Lai, Wyan Yeung
This folding stool installation by local product designers and architects is made of paper with great elasticity, flexibility and lightness – an appropriate nod to the theme 'City Smarts'.
An installation inspired by the density of Hong Kong, Den-city uses infinite reflections of the light and shadow to recreate the urban fabric of the city within a confined space.
2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong)
Date: December 12 – February 11, 2018
Art Tube in Exit J of Central MTR station, Central
Central Market Hoarding, Central
H6 CONET, Central
Harbour Building, Western District
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai
Hysan Place Z gallery, Causeway Bay
9/F, Hysan Place office lobby, Causeway Bay
Connecting Space Hong Kong gallery, North Point
Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen