Dec 15, 2017
Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) held in Shenzhen, China for its 7th edition on December 15th, 2017. It is the only exhibition in the world to explore issues of urbanization and architectural development within China and around the world, creating a unique experience for its audience. This year UABB embarks on a new journey, holding its first ever art exhibition, directed by co-curator Hou Hanru, and opening new grounds in the art design world. The theme, “Cities, Grow in Difference”, will explore the future development of urban villages and their place among the rapidly developing cities of China, while communicating an understanding of “coexistence”. UABB 2017 will be held at Nantou Old Town in Nanshan district, an urban village that was once the administrative center of the Bao’An County. The main exhibition will span across the whole Shenzhen city and will also include three sub-venues in order to accommodate an event of its magnitude.
The curators for this year’s UABB are qualified experts who are working to deliver an exceptional experience for the biennale:
- Hou Hanru, a renowned curator based in Paris, Rome, and San Francisco, has curated/co-curated over 100 exhibitions and has advised in art institutions around the world.
- Liu Xiaodu, the co-founder and principal of Urbanus Architecture & Design Inc., has participated in numerous architectural exhibitions including the China Pavilion of 2016 London Biennale.
- Meng Yan, the principal and co-founder of Urbanus Architecture & Design Inc., was appointed chief curator of the Shenzhen Pavilion in the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
This year, UABB 2017 looks forward to seeing notable names from all over the world, such as Pierre Huyghe, MVRDV, Rob Voerman and John Lin, architects and artists well-known for expanding the boundaries of their respective fields.