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2015 UABB (SZ) Curatorial Team and Exhibition Theme Announced
2014.12.08

 

Shenzhen Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale Organizing Committee officially announced matters related to the curatorial team, for the 2015 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen) [here in after referred to as “UABB (SZ)”]. The 2015 UABB(SZ) curatorial team includes: Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, Doreen Heng Liu, and the team will collaborate with ETH Zurich to jointly complete this session’s curatorial work.

Aaron Betsky is a critic and curator, and worked as Director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale. Alfredo Brillembourg, co-principal in the international design firm Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), and has held a Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Along with Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner currently serves as Dean of the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich. Doreen Heng Liu, Founder & Principal of NODE architecture & urbamism (Nansha Original Design) in the Pearl River Delta, and has been teaching at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong as an adjunct Associate Professor.
The theme of UABB(SZ) 2015 is "Re-living the City". UABB(SZ) will argue that we need to open up, reuse, and rethink the cities, buildings, and spaces we already have. It will survey the best examples of tactical urbanism, showing how we can connect people to each other and their places by design. It will use the Pearl River Delta as an example of such ground-up urbanism.

In terms of exhibition form, the Biennale will bring together architects, designers, and artists who make work by hunting and gathering together existing materials and forms, and will ask them to create a collective Collage 3D City on site. It will provide visitors with exposure to and interaction with those makers who use the latest technology, as well as traditional craft, to let us all make or remake our own spaces. It will celebrate an urban scene filled with food, music, and social interaction. It will use technology to let us all participate in figuring out how to make our world better.

2015 UABB (SZ) Chief Curator recruitment process was conducted all over the world for a period of nearly six months, initiated in March 2014. The process was preliminarily handled by the Secretariat of Shenzhen Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale Organizing Committee, followed by online voting as well two rounds of on-site selection and reviews by the 2015 Shenzhen Urbanism \ Architecture Bi-City Biennale Academic Committee, and ultimately finalized by the Organizing Committee.

In order to continue and strengthen the triggered results of 2013 UABB (SZ), Shekou continues to be chosen as the exhibition venue for 2015 UABB (SZ). A second exhibition venue is also planned, to further demonstrate geographical features and cultural characteristics of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The curatorial team said that compared to previous sessions, this year’s UABB will be a diachronic urban process, and the backend and frontend preparation work will also become part of the exhibition. A variety of activities will be held throughout the city, to present a richer experience for the audience.


Aaron Betsky, Curator

Aaron Betsky is curator, critic, and lecturer on art, architecture and design currently living in Cincinnati. In 2008, he directed the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale, which was at the time the highest attended such event. Between 2006 and 2014, he was Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, and before that was Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2001-2006) and Curator of Architecture, Design, and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995-2001). Trained in the humanities and then as an architect at Yale University, Betsky has also worked as a writer and as an architectural designer or Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung Design Associates. He writes a twice-weekly blog for architect magazine.com, as well as articles for both professional and general audience publications. He teaches senior level design studios, most recently at the University of Cincinnati (2011-). He lectures regularly around the world. He has published over a dozen books including, most recently, his collected essays, At Home in Sprawl. His survey of modernism in architecture and design will be published by Actar in the fall of 2014.

Alfredo Brillembourg, Curator

Alfredo Brillembourg received his bachelor and master degrees in architecture from Columbia University. In 1992, he received a second architecture degree from the Central University of Venezuela, where he founded Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas a year later. He has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association since 1994. Beginning in 2007, Brillembourg has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (SLUM Lab) with Hubert Klumpner. Along with Klumpner, Brillembourg has held a Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) since 2010. As co-principle of U-TT, Brillembourg has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award, and second place in the 2014 Zumtobel Group Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices. He was also part of the Golden Lion- winning team at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture for the installation ‘Torre David/Gran Horizonte’. He has lectured on architecture and urban design worldwide, including at the Harvard GSD, AEDES Berlin, Berlage in Rotterdam, Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, and SCI-Arc.

Hubert Klumpner

Hubert Klumpner graduated in 1993 from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Master Class of Professor Hans Hollein. Klumpner worked with Enrique Miralles and Paul Rudolph before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in 1995. He has been a member of the German Chamber of Architects since 1997. In 1998, Klumpner joined Alfredo Brillembourg as Director of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas. Beginning in 2007, Klumpner has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (SLUM Lab) with Brillembourg. Along with Brillembourg, Klumpner has held a Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) since 2010, and currently serves as Dean of the Department of Architecture. As co-principle of U-TT, Klumpner has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award or Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award, and second place in the 2014 Zumtobel Group Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices. He was also part of the Golden Lion-winning team at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture for the installation ‘Torre David/Gran Horizonte’.

Doreen Heng Liu, Curator

Doreen Heng LIU, born in Guangzhou, is a Chinese architect. She received her MArch from UC Berkeley and Doctor of Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research focuses on contemporary urbanism and architecture in the Pearl River Delta, and the specific impact of urbanization on design and practice in China today.
She established her own design practice NODE (Nansha Original Design) in Hong Kong and Nansha, Guangzhou in 2004, and opened another studio in Shenzhen in 2009. Her built architectural works include Value factory – Main Entrance & Warehouse renovation – Venue A in 2013 Shenzhen/Hong Kong Urbanism/Architectural Bi-city Biennial; Nansha Science Museum, Nansha Bookstore, Guangzhou Times Museum, Lianzhou Int’l Photography Festival Permanent Site & etc. Her design works have been widely published in many international & domestic professional magazines including Architectural Record, Domus, Abitare, Volume and etc. She and her office also have participated in various architectural and art exhibitions including Shanghai Biennale, Guangzhou Triennial, Shenzhen/Hong Kong Urbanism & Architecture Biennale, Venice Biennale and Rotterdam Architectural Biennale, and etc. In 2012, Doreen with her firm NODE is shortlisted as one of five international emerging architects for Audi Urban Future Initiative (AUFI) awards; in 2014, Doreen was nominated as Curator for Hong Kong Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
Since September 2008, she has been teaching MArch studios at School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor in 2011.



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