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2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

by Sophie Cullen on Sep 15, 2015 in Lifestyle
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The Curatorial Team and Node propose to redesign and repurpose the existing buildings without demolition to 
create a series of new public spaces, converting the abandoned factory 
buildings into a multifaceted 
exhibition venue. Through this simple 
transformation, the Flour Factory will 
become an important representation of the theme of this year’s Biennale, Re-Living The City.

The Curatorial Team and Node propose to redesign and repurpose the existing buildings without demolition to create a series of new public spaces, converting the abandoned factory buildings into a multifaceted exhibition venue. Through this simple transformation, the Flour Factory will become an important representation of the theme of this year’s Biennale, Re-Living The City.

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2015 UABB) is the world's only biennale dedicated to the themes of urbanism and urbanisation

Opening on December 4, 2015 in Shenzhen, the Biennale will feature over 75 exhibitors from across 6 continents and will be based around the central theme Re-Living the City. Participants will explore how the reimagining, repurposing, and remaking of our existing urban spaces and architecture can improve the way people experience cities. In keeping with the theme, UABB will take over the former Dacheng Flour Factory in Shekou, Shenzhen, one of China's first Special Economic Zones, while the Xipu New Residence in Longgang District will act as an affiliated venue.

The former flour warehouse, with its high ceilings and vast open floors, will act as the main exhibition venue and will house a number of exhibits composed of renderings, models, photography, digital media and site-specific installations. This entire process of transformation will be thoroughly documented by UABB.

The former flour warehouse, with its high ceilings and vast open floors, will act as the main exhibition venue and will house a number of exhibits composed of renderings, models, photography, digital media and site-specific installations. This entire process of transformation will be thoroughly documented by UABB.

The exhibition will be presented in five primary components: 'Collage City 3D', 'Maker Maker', 'Pearl River Delta 2.0', 'Radical Urbanism', and 'Social City'. Each of the five components will present new and innovative ideas of how we can build upon what already exists to create a more comfortable and efficient urban environment. In conjunction with the indoor exhibitions, 2015 UABB will also feature outdoor installations, national pavilions, collateral exhibitions, as well as a three-month public engagement and education programme.

Exhibitor highlights include Urbanus, The Heidelberg Project, Jimenez Lai, MAD, Ecosistema Urbano, and Rahul Mehrotra. After winning the 2013 UABB Public Choice Award for their presentation "Rapid Response Collecting", the Victoria and Albert Museum, London will present Unidentified Acts of Design. As one of the collateral exhibitions, Unidentified Acts of Design will explore the particular creative environment that can be found in Shenzhen, as well as the design intelligence developed outside of the conventional design studio context.

The new venue will incorporate a variety of spaces and functions including an auditorium and outdoor performance space, landscaping and community gardens, outdoor seating, installations, classrooms, workshops, a café and a bookstore.

The new venue will incorporate a variety of spaces and functions including an auditorium and outdoor performance space, landscaping and community gardens, outdoor seating, installations, classrooms, workshops, a café and a bookstore.

This year’s exhibition will be curated by four of the world's leading architects, critics, and educators: Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner and Doreen Heng Liu. Aaron Betsky, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and one of the curators of the 2015 exhibition commented: "This Biennale makes a simple argument: we have enough stuff. We have enough buildings, enough objects, and enough images. We certainly have enough cities and built-up areas. We do not need to make or build any more. What we need to do is to reuse, rethink, and reimagine what we already have.”

More information can be found via the website, Facebook or Instagram.

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