The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) announces 2015 exhibitors

【23 June 2015】The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2015 UABB), the world’s only biennale dedicated to the themes of urbanism and urbanization, today announced its exhibitor list for the 2015 edition of the Biennale. Featuring over 75 exhibitors from six continents, 2015 UABB will be set around the central theme “Re-Living The City”, enabling the participants to explore how the reimagining, repurposing, and remaking of our existing urban spaces and architecture can improve the way people experience cities. 2015 UABB will open in Shenzhen on 4 December 2015, and 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 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. Apart from indoor works, 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” at 2015 UABB. 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. 

This year, 2015 UABB will be curated by four of the world’s leading architects, critics, and educators: Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner and DoreenHeng Liu. Today, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Aaron Betsky, AlfredoBrillembourg, Hubert Klumpner introduced the theme of the biennale, “Re-Living The City”, and unveiled the 2015 participant list. 

Aaron Betsky 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. Specifically, we need architecture that is not the imposition of an abstract idea on a plot that was either inhabited or natural, which is to say an act of appropriation that uses up non-renewable natural resources in the process, but rather the thoughtful gathering together of what we already have to create structures that open us up to new relationships with each other and with our environment.”

Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner said: “What is the role of the architect in such a city? In the end, there is both a struggle and synergy between social realities and radical architectural ideas. Rather than imposing change, we must engage real world logic and attempt to provide prototypical solutions for urban dwellers to give them better control over their evolving environments. Of course, while the future is always ahead, we act on past experience and present assumptions. The only viable path forward is to establish a broad framework and structure within which development can take place according to the wishes and needs of the community it serves. An architecture of adaptation, innovation, experimentation rather than ego.”

Doreen Heng LIU stated: “This year the biennale is about reconsidering, reimaging, and reinventing our urban future together. Known as a ‘world factory’, the Pearl River Delta, a pilot region for China’s rapid urbanization over the past three decades, was considered the future of the region. New demands for industrial transformation, sustainable development, social and spatial changes, and a shift toward information and knowledge as the new ‘goods’, are forcing the region to re-imagine its future. We would like to take this opportunity to invite architects and researchers to contribute their thoughts; to explore different alternatives of our urban future through means of architectural re-invention.”

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