2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Hong Kong) Grand Opening


2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Hong Kong) Grand Opening

More than 90 local and international exhibitors gathered in Kwun Tong

December 11, 2013 – Hong Kong – The internationally renowned “2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Hong Kong)” “UABB(HK) 2013”, formerly known as “the fourth Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale exhibition”, was unveiled at Kwun Tong on Wednesday, December 11th. With The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) as the leading organizer, Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) as co-organizers, and in collaboration with Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture Organizing Committee, UABB(HK) 2013 showcases the masterpieces of local and internationally architects, designers and artists.

The curatorial theme of this year’s Biennale is “Beyond the Urban Edge: The Ideal City?”. The exhibition will last from December 11, 2013 to February 28, 2014. To kick off this year’s artistic and cultural activities, The Honourable CY LEUNG, GBM, GBS, JP, The Chief Executive of HKSAR has been invited to be the guest of honour.

The curatorial team of this year’s Biennale is partnered by Professor Colin FOURNIER, and two design and architecture companies, namely URBANUS Architecture and Design (URBANUS) and TETRA Architects and Planners (TETRA). Professor Colin FOURNIER, the Chief Curator of the team, is currently a visiting Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. There are four Executive Curators working with him in the curatorial team, and they are Mr Joshua LAU and Mr Allen POON, both of whom are TETRA Partners and Co-Founders, as well as Dr Tat LAM, URBANUS Research Bureau Director, and Mr Travis Bunt, Director of URBANUS Hong Kong.

Under curatorial theme, the curatorial team applies an innovative approach to explore and generate new ideas on what are the essentials that constitute an ideal city, further extending the Shenzhen exhibition theme of the “Urban Border”. The exhibition will touch on Architecture、Density、Ecology、Data、Fringe Urbanism、Systems and Urban total seven themes, and will be located at two locations in Kwun Tong, namely Kwun Tong Ferry Pier and Fly the Flyover 01 at the Energizing Kowloon East Office (FF01 at EKEO). Also, the delegation from Spain’s Barcelona constructs their “Barcelona Pavilion”

Chief Curator Professor Colin FOURNIER said: “The ferry is the main mode of transportation between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, which makes the Ferry Pier a natural landmark. But as the socioeconomics of Hong Kong developed, the ferry has increasingly been marginalized, the importance of the Pier has consequently eroded, and both their identities have been redefined. And FF01 at EKEO is a key cornerstone to the redevelopment of Kwun Tong. It is yet another example of an Urban Edge, a space that is being re-defined to fit the imagination of the people. We chose Kwun Tong Ferry Pier and FF01 at EKEO as the main venue for UABB(HK) 2013 because we hope to explore people’s imagination of The Ideal City while standing on the Urban Edge.”

More than 90 local and overseas architects, designers and artists will participate in UABB(HK) 2013. For three months, exhibits gathered worldwide will be used to create a platform with the purpose of stimulating critical thinking and establishing a cultural dialogue that will touch upon a number of Hong Kong’s urban problems, such as“sub-divided” flats, conservation of HK heritage or buildings, Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland, and so on.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of community activities, such as performances, movie sharing sessions, forums, seminars, workshops and guided tours, etc., will also be organized. These activities are designed to involve active participation of people from all walks of life and to present to them the curatorial theme from a multi-cultural perspective.

Alongside with UABB(HK), the “2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Shenzhen)”, will be held in parallel, from December 6, 2013 to February 28, 2014 in Shenzhen, under the theme of “Urban Border”, which echoes with Hong Kong’s “Beyond the Urban Edge: The Ideal City?”. During the exhibition, Hong Kong and Shenzhen will host a number of collaborative events to promote cross-border exchanges.

Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government is the Leading Sponsor of this year’s Biennale. Sponsors also include the Hong Kong SAR Government Development Bureau Energizing Kowloon East Office as Main Sponsor, Henderson Land Group as Gold Sponsor, and Hong Kong Cultural Imaging Workshop as Other Sponsor. UABB(HK) 2013 also received support from various government departments, architectural, design, cultural and arts institutions, colleges and universities.

The UABB(HK) 2013 will be held from December 11, 2013 to February 28, 2014 at Kwun Tong Ferry Pier and Fly the Flyover 01 of the Energizing Kowloon East Office with free admission.

For curator information, curatorial statements, and information on venues, exhibitors, events and community activities, etc., please visit the following websites:

2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) Website: 

2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) Website:


Led by HKIA, co-organized with HKIP and HKDA, the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Hong Kong) is a major event to be joined by both local and overseas architectural designers, under the curatorial theme to explore Hong Kong’s remarkable relationship with Shenzhen, the Pearl River Delta and the whole of China.

In 2007, the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale exhibition was held at the former Central Police Station, a historic landmark. It was not only the first Bi-City Biennale jointly organized by Hong Kong and Shenzhen, but also the first architecture, planning and design Bi-City Biennale of international standard in Hong Kong. The second edition of the Biennale took place at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade in 2009, under the theme of “City Mobilization: Bring Your Own Biennale”, while the third edition at Kowloon Park was held in 2012, under the theme of “Tri-Ciprocal Cities: The Time, The Place, The People”.

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