2011 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture
Theme: Tri-Ciprocal Cities: The Time, The Place, The People

The Overview

Venue: Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center and Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Exhibition Period: 15 February - 23 April, 2012
Opening Hours:
- 10am – 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays (except Thursdays)
- 10am – 7pm, Sundays and Public Holidays
- Closed on Thursdays (except Public Holidays)

The Origin of a Bi-City Biennale

In 2005, the Government of Shenzhen organized the 1st Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture with its aim to promote the city as the Mainland’s foremost city of creativity. The Biennale was curated by Chang Yung-ho and had attracted over 80 participating exhibitors from the Mainland and the region as well as international media coverage and symposia. From the beginning, the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau expressed a strong wish to collaborate with Hong Kong in future events, so as to generate a synergy between the two most vibrant urban centers in the region. In December 2006, an initiative to co-organize future Biennales was formed between The Hong Kong Institute of Architect and the Shenzhen Panning Bureau.

The 2007 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture held in the historical compound of the Central Police Station in Hong Kong was of historical importance. It was not only the first bi-city biennale the two cities worked together, but more importantly, it was the first architecture, planning and design exposition of international standard hosted in Hong Kong. Led by Wang Weijen, the Hong Kong curatorial team took “Re-fabricating City” as the theme, to have a dialogue with “City of Expiration and Regeneration”, the theme of the Shenzhen counterpart exhibition curated by Ma Qingyun. Both exhibitions had mobilized international talents and had attracted visitors from cities in the region, and had generated dialogues and forums over issues on design, architecture and city.

Subsequently, the 2009 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, held in the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and led by Marisa Yiu with the theme “City Mobilization”, aimed to investigate the possibility of bottom-up mobilization and the organization of social life.

The 2011 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture aims to draw comparable audienceship and media coverage to the last Biennales, and mark even closer co-curatorship and co-operation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.