CALL for Curator(s) of 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Shenzhen)

Shenzhen biennale of urbanism\architecture Organizing committee (shorten as “Biennale Organizing Committee “)hereby invites your team to submit proposal by way of application for 2017 urbanism﹨architecture bi-city biennale(Shenzhen) and thereof participate as the curator(s).

The Bi-City Biennale is organized by Shenzhen Municipal Government, supported by Urban Planning, Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Shenzhen Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality, Shenzhen Media Group, Shenzhen Press Group and Shenzhen University. It is the only international Biennale concerns on Urbanization\Architecture in the world, interactive cultural event between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale has set “urbanization” as its long-term theme. Following the clue of urban development and construction activities, through the carrier of urban space and cultural environment, it adopts the expression forms of modern technology and art, combined with the pioneer concept and reality concern, to showcase various city activities and processes accompanying the social transformation, which include city planning practices, architectural design trend, green eco-environmental protection behavior, outcome of technical innovation and harmonious social and cultural construction closely concerned by the government and the general public in China and the world’s urbanization process. It also explores and discusses the study of any urban possibilities and problems, development trends and direction judgment in the interpretation of the spirit of the times. Being professionally, academically and public service oriented, the biennial becomes a permanent international cultural event. 

Each biennial’s theme is about concerns in China’s urbanization, including but not limited to:

1. City life, space and culture; 

2. Time and space of urban development; 

3. Urban space humanization; 

4. Hot agenda of urbanization of Shenzhen, Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and China; 

5. Important and prospective agenda about global urbanization progress, etc.

In succession to the first Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2005 that initiated the independent curator responsibility system, we successfully invited Yung Ho Chang and Qingyun Ma, two international renowned Chinese architects, Ou Ning, a cross-field cultural practitioner, internationally renowned curator Terence Riley to act as the chief curator and Mr Ole Bouman to act as creative director, Dr. LI Xiangning and Prof. LI Xiangning, to act as academic directors, and Mr. Aaron Betsky, Mr. Alfredo Brillembourg and Mr.Hubert Klumpner , and Ms. Doreen Liu Heng as Curators for these six Biennales respectively, with “City: Open Door”, “City Expiration and Regeneration”, “City Mobilization”,“Architecture creates cities. Cities create architecture.”, ”Urban Border” ,”Re-living the City” as the theme of the exhibition. Discuss the problems in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other cities in the world. The success of these six Shenzhen Biennale reflects the openness, innovation and courage to continue exploring the astonishing rapid development of Shenzhen as a Special Economic Zone. It has initially built an international city and culture and arts communication platform, explores the possibility of founding an art exhibition operational system in accordance with international practices. It also makes a beneficial attempt in developing a cultural brand of Shenzhen and enhancing the city’s cultural competiveness.


The applicant must be the curator(s) of the proposal. The group applicant can be the executive team consisting of domestic / international curators. The group should designate a team leader.. All submitted materials should be signed and confirmed by its curators.

The applicant institute or individual with the following experiences and resources will be preferred, but these are not the necessary conditions:

Possess certain knowledge of China especially Shenzhen in the aspect of city development, have unique insights to Shenzhen and Hong Kong developments, and timely response to current hot issues.

Have rich experiences of design or architecture exhibition curatorial, preparation and practices at home and abroad.

Have professional background of architecture as well as concerns and unique insights of urbanization. Refine the general architectural model exhibitions and use the art, popular approaches to make the curatorial and demonstrate academic themes.

Have certain experiences for exhibitions organized by the government, and be familiar with these exhibition features.

Have abundant integrated resources and experiences in project management such as capability to invite the top professionals, domestic and foreign media.


The applicants, who intend to participate in the project, please see detailed information and download application guide on UABB official website:   

Please submit the application materials by e-mail or mail to Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee Office before 24:00, April 15th, 2016 (Beijing time)



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