November 21st, 2011


Hong Kong’s rapid transformation has produced a culture of the “instant,” where desires, market forces, global-local exchanges, technologies, and a need for immediate gratification dominate our cultural landscape and social behaviors. This book brings together a multitude of voices from the design, architecture, and arts community to examine this situation as a general provocation. What kinds of contemporary conditions unique to Asia can elevate ways of rethinking social sustainability in various forms?


With a collective spirit of experimentation, the projects, installations, and essays within the book are committed to cultural and creative enhancement to build productive dialogues. From outlining educational initiatives to debates that encourage cross over, this study reformulates a critical reframing of the role of architecture and urbanism as tools and processes for cultural advocacy for Hong Kong and China.


The book includes writings and contributions by Shigeru Ban, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, Lars Nittve, Raymond Fung, Stan Allen, Daniel Chua, MAP office, Tao Zhu, Ackbar Abbas, Paul Katz, Andrew Lee, Xu Bing, John Batten, Dan Wood, Amale Andraos, Rocco Yim, KS Wong, Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu and many more. The book also catalogs the exhibitions and events including educational tours and forum highlights that took place during the Hong Kong –Shenzhen Bi-City biennale located at the future West Kowloon cultural district. Themes are organized around topics of cultural advocacy, social sustainability, education, participatory protocols and future creative urban infrastructure.


INSTANT CULTURE: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process

Edited by Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu

Published by MCCM Creations


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2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture: City Mobilization is an accessible and engaging event aiming at investigating the possibility of bottom-up mobilization and the organization of social life in the context of China's contemporary urbanity.
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