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【Nov. 15th】Urban Border Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 (Shenzhen) — International Student Video/Poster Competition


Background of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)

The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only bi-annual exposition in the world that is based exclusively on the themes of city and urbanization. Co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta. Its focus, however, extends beyond the local and regional to include urban issues that are also prevalent in other parts of the world. By communicating and interacting with a wider public through expressions of contemporary visual culture and engaging with leading international urban thinkers, the UABB hopes to inspire an expanded dialogue that will influence the way we think about the city of the future.

UABB(SZ, Shenzhen Exhibition part) is organized by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and supported by the Shenzhen Urban Planning, Land and Resources Commission, Shenzhen Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration, Shenzhen Media Group, Shenzhen Press Group, Shenzhen University, with the Shenzhen Public Art Center as co-organizer. The Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee has established the Organizer Committee Office for exhibition execution and the Academic Committee for critical-decision support.

UABB was first initiated by the urban planning department of the Shenzhen government in 2005, with Hong Kong joining the biennale in 2007. In 2011-2012, the 4th edition of the Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB) attracted over 60 thousands visitors worldwide , and contained about 520 works within the exhibitions and 110 active forums.. UABB takes full advantage of multi-media, including interactive design, image, installations, public art, monographic study and discussion, to reveal different aspects of the progress of urbanization in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, China and worldwide.

2013 UABB theme

The 2013 UABB theme of URBAN BORDER, explores the possibilities of urban culture, urban space, urban lifestyle and related issues.

With the recent urban development in cities throughout the world, happening often at an unprecedented rate, a kind of generic similarity seems to be dominating. Diversity, difference and individuality are often disregarded, even hidden or erased. At the multiple formations of ‘Border’ , conceptually diagrammed below, we might discover margins of urban space, brink groups, and non-mainstream lifestyle. In the context of political science, it might imply the organizing and distributing of urban public resources. In the context of city geography, it can be referred to as the UGB (Urban Growth Boundary), the area in-between urban and rural, and the relationship between city and nature.


Shekou is an industrial zone in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, which is the experimental field of reform and opening-up in China. The main venues are the former Guangdong Float Glass Factory (Venue A) and the Old Warehouse at Shekou Ferry Terminal (Venue B) that both belong to China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Co., Ltd. The venues will be linked by public transportation and greenways.

International Students Video/Poster Competition


Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee Office

Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media)

College of Design and Innovation Tongji University

Competition Introduction

As an important part of the UABB 2013,the purpose of this competition is to promote creativity and innovation, and to cultivate cultural exchangebetween international young talents through the production of video and/or poster design. The competitors will be asked to create their own unique interpretation of the theme “Urban Border”. Competitors may apply independently or as a team.


Urban Border is premised on the pluralist values of urbanism.

Rapidly developing cities and the drive for urbanization worldwide has generally embodied certain kinds of mainstream tendencies and homogeneity: an alternative reading that disregards urban diversity, differences and specificities. The UABB*SZ 2013 will examine the socio-political and geographical interpretations of the “border” phenomenon. Sociologically “border” can imply peripheral spaces of the city, fringe groups, marginal lifestyles, while in the context of political science it can reference regulation of urban public resources, their organization and distribution. In urban geography it can denote borders and interstices of urban development, along with interrelatedness between the city and nature.

The 2013 UABB hopes to revolve around the theme of Urban Border in order to reveal the multiple possibilities of urban culture, urban space and urban living and their associated issues.

Submission Requirements


1. International Students

—– Students must be officially registered in university. Please provide a copy of student ID when submitting work. Students can apply by themselves or with collaborators.

2. No entry fee. Each applicant can submit up to 2 films.

3. The works produced must be unpublished.


1. The only format for preview is 1280*720 dpi as an MPG or AVI file.

2. Films submitted must be no longer than 4 minutes.

3. Documentary, animated films and fiction are acceptable, mixed genres or hybrid experimental films are welcomed.

4. Films without Chinese dialogue need to have English subtitles. The festival aims to produce Chinese subtitles for non-Chinese dialogue films.


Posters need to be submitted in two files of different size: A0(1189mm* 841mm)and A3(297mm*420mm) , 300 dpi, PDF format, and original AI or PSD files.
Provide a 200 words statement in English and Chinese, summarizing the intent, concept, solution and critical perspective.


Works can be submitted from 20 August to 31 October 2013. Submissions will be judged from 1 November to 7 November. The final results will be announced on 20 November, 2013.


Because the competition is open to individuals as well as groups of students, for each video and poster category, there will be one First Place Award of 10,000 RMB, two Second Place awards of 5,000 RMB and two Third Place awards of 2,500 RMB. 10 projects in each category may receive honorable mentions. All project submissions will be recognized with a certificate acknowledging a student’s participation. All the Award-winning works will be exhibited in UABB 2013.

*All the awards are supported by Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media)

Submission details:

The participants must submit their entries in the form of a DVD by post. Each disc should be marked with the name of student and affiliated school. Any work that fails to meet these requirements, will be disqualified from the competition.

Deadline: 31 October,2013 (All projects must be received on or before 31 October, 2013)

Entries must be sent to:

Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee Office

Block A302, Shenzhen Sculpture Academy, No.8 Zhongkang Rd, Shangmeilin, Futian District, Shenzhen, China (518049)

All right to host this event and its interpretation chosen by the organizing committee retained. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to interpret planning and cooperation programs and all related rights. The authors should guarantee that the submitted products do not infringe the rights of others, and authorize Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee use or exhibit the products for free in the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture and its related activities. The authors who infringe the rights of others shall account for the legal responsibilities thus incurred. The Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee reserves the rights to ask the authors at fault to compensate for the damages thus incurred on the committee.

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