Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism-Architecture’s Cities, Grow in Difference ⇒ From December 15, 2017 to March 15, 2018, the seventh edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture will have a theme of “Cities, Grow in Difference” and will open up in its main venue Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen, in China, with sub-venues set up in other urban villages around the city. The event will be curated by Hou Hanrou and founding partners of URBANUS, Liu Xiaodu and Meng Yan.
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As the outcome of collision and fusion between rapid urbanization and the urban-rural dual structure in the planned economic period, urban villages have been preserved as a highly potent urban laboratory and base for breeding alternative lifestyles, where newcomers start to settle in the city.
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This year’s UABB will highlight the site-specificity of the exhibition content and, in view of the distinctive spaces in urban villages, start from topics familiar in everyday life to conduct in-depth exploration and reflection on the urban villages. The approach of implanting the exhibition into urban villages and synchronizing with its organic regeneration is to regard urban villages as a starting point to seek a new model of urban growth instead of a mere subject of renovation.
“Cities, Grow in Difference” means the hybrid growth of culture, society and space. Shenzhen is the conjunctive symbiosis of top-down rational planning and bottom-up spontaneous growth, which urban villages reflect in terms of city and village, reality and history, order and chaos, as well as mobility and creativity. “Cities, Grow in Difference” carries the creativity, energy and passion of a future generation. Breaking away from standards and codes, free minds and vigorous, creative souls need to find new habitats in the city.
The 7th edition of UABB will act as the idyllic platform to find new theories and practices as well as experiments. This communicative tool focuses on discovering instead of showcasing, meaning it is a constantly growing exhibition.
Written by Stefan Mickley
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Source: Biennal Foundation