The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) (2015 UABB (HK)) has opened
Held at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui, the event officially opened on December 11, 2015. UABB (HK) is part of an exhibition that is concurrently run in Shenzhen, China. The Shenzhen edition – held in Shekou – opened on December 4 and will run until February 28, 2016.
Themed “Vision 2050 – Lifestyle and the City”, this year’s event is to examine Hong Kong’s living culture in the next 35 years. “The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture encourages us to look ahead to 2050 and consider how we want and need our city to evolve over the next 35 years,” said Vincent Ng, president of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
The opening ceremony was officiated by plenty of guests, including Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary of the Government of HKSAR; Yang Hong, Standing committee member of CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee; Ada Fung, chairperson of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation; Professor Christine Hawley, CBE, Chief Curator of 2015 UABB (HK) and other guests.
This year’s edition is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors. The event programme consists of four main components, including lectures and forums, thematic screening programmes, education programmes, and a special programme called “Lifestyle and the Smart City”. A total of 60 exhibitors will take part in the biennale, showcasing inspirational works from local and international participants.
UABB was first held in Shenzhen in 2005 and Hong Kong joined in 2007. It has been held every other year since then, and the 2015 UABB(HK) is the fifth edition.