Shenzhen | 2009 SZHKBiennale opening day

2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | December 6, 2009
2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | December 6, 2009

MovingCities spend last week in Shenzhen attending the opening of the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture & Hong Kong Bi-city 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (SZHKB). On Sunday, we went sightseeing on the biennale’s main spot: Shenzhen’s Civic Square, the political and bureaucratic heart of the city. Snapshots of accidental encounters with installations.

Organized around the theme of “City Mobilization” – read the curatorial statement by Ou Ning the  SZHKB aims to test the possibility of large-scale, effective social mobilization in a time that lacks centralized force, spiritual solidarity and practical organization. The design of contemporary cities are not only about the functional planning of streets and blocks and the arrangement of buildings, rather it is about the organization and coordination of the people living in and events occurring inside these cities and spaces, as well as the elaborate distribution of their interests.

On the opening day, MovingCities wandered around the main venue site, in search of what could possibly mobilize this city. Everything, apparently: the masses for the open lecture by Toyo Ito, Chinese cabdrivers offering free rides for the GoWest Project, and free karaoke-and-drinks for all by International Festival. Scattered impressions.

2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | venue Shenzhen Civic Square
2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | venue Shenzhen Civic Square

Eggs of the City by standardarchitecture [CN]
Eggs of the City by standardarchitecture [CN]

Medular Pavilion by Maurer United [NL]
Medular Pavilion by Maurer United [NL]

2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Lecture Toyo Ito [JP]
2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Lecture Toyo Ito [JP]

100 Days of Stories by GoWest Project [NL]
100 Days of Stories by GoWest Project [NL]

Double Happiness by Bureau des Mésarchitectures [FR]
Double Happiness by Bureau des Mésarchitectures [FR]

2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Venue next to Civic Square
2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Venue next to Civic Square

With the Wind 2009 by Jiakun Architects [CN]
With the Wind 2009 by Jiakun Architects [CN]

LOT-US PROBES by Lot-EK [US]
LOT-US PROBES by Lot-EK [US]

The Bug Dome by WEAK! Architects [ROC] and Marco Casagrande [FI]
The Bug Dome by WEAK! Architects [ROC] and Marco Casagrande [FI]

Urban Oasis by Studio Pei-Zhu [CN] with ARUP [UK]
Urban Oasis by Studio Pei-Zhu [CN] with ARUP [UK]

2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Civic Square
2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Civic Square

Four Ecologies of International Festival by International Festival
Four Ecologies of International Festival by International Festival

2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Civic Square
2009 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale | Civic Square

Pictures by movingcities.org

Featured SZHK participating architects in this post:
standardarchitecture [CN]  .  Maurer United [NL]  .  Toyo Ito [JP]  . GoWest Project [NL]  .  Didier Fiuza Faustino /Bureau des Mésarchitectures [FR]  .  Jiakun Architects [CN]  .  Lot-EK [US]  .  WEAK! Architects [ROC] and Marco Casagrande [FI]  .  Studio Pei-Zhu [CN]  .  International Festival [SE]

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