The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Bartlett at Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

15 December 2015


Bartlett BSc Architecture UG6 design tutors Professor Christine Hawley and Paolo Zaide are among the curatorial team for the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Hong Kong taking place from 11 December – 28 February 2016 in Kowloon Park and at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre.

Themed 'Visions 2050: Lifestyle and the City', the Biennale brings together the public and the creative industries to examine the future of Hong Kong and the intrinsic relationship between how we conduct our daily life and the physical environment around us. The curatorial team led by Professor Christine Hawley with Sarah Lee, Roger Wu, Yutaka Yano and Paolo Zaide, believe the vision of the younger generation is the key for creating the city of the future.

Speaking at the launch event, Professor Christine Hawley said: "...Hong Kong is a unique city creating opportunities for the younger generation to think seriously about the challenges ahead. Here today, with the amount of talent brought together, we should all look forward to the sheer breadth of imagination and vision that contributes to our experience of everyday life."

The Biennale will feature a curated showcase of inspirational works by leading international and local creatives and design professionals. The public is invited to engage in performances, film screenings, symposium, forums, workshops and guided tours across four main components:

Lectures and Forums
The Bartlett's Professor Sir Peter Cook will lead a special opening forum for the public discussing 'Visions of the Future' joined by prominent architects and designers.

Thematic Screening Programmes
Showcasing a selection of prominent short films that look at our urban environment such as The Human Scale by Andreas M.Dalsgaard and Watermark by Edward Burtynsk.

Education Programmes
Children and youth are invited to participate in an educational programme that examines the future of the city, run in partnership with certain organisations.

Outdoor Programme of 'Lifestyle and the Smart City'
Leading creatives, practitioners and thought leaders build exhibits at the Satellite Venue inside the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park demonstrating how architects and urbanists look at issues surrounding the contemporary city.

More information:

The 2015 Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Hong Kong
Visions 2050: Lifestyle and the City
11 December 2015 – 28 February 2016
Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

The Biennale is led by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and co-organised with Hong Kong Institute of Planners and The Hong Kong Designers Association.

Image: Central Exhibition Space