2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture

Assistant Professors Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei have been selected by HKIA, HKIP and HKDA to curate upcoming 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.

This year’s 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture will mark the first cultural event of international magnitude to take place in the West Kowloon waterfront promenade from 4 December 2009 to 27 February 2010. The theme of “City Mobilization: BYOB” (Bring Your Own Biennale), a catchphrase and framework is designed to inspire individual participation and networked collaboration among the citizens of Hong Kong and international audiences.

This year’s selected Curatorial Team is Marisa Yiu (Chief Curator, Assistant Professor HKU Architecture, co-founder of ESKYIU) and Eric Schuldenfrei (Curator for Education, Film and Media, Director of Media Studies HKU Architecture, co-founder of ESKYIU), and also comprises of Alan Lo (Curator for Arts, City Integration and Events, co-founder of Pressroom Group), and Frank Yu (Curator for Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape, Director of Gravity Partnership Ltd.). The Curatorial Team hopes to engage a similarly diverse group of Hong Kong and international citizens and make the Biennale an event that‘s made for everyone.

The 2009 Hong Kong – Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale is organized by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners, and Hong Kong Designers Association. The Home Affairs Bureau is the principal sponsor of the event. The Bi-City Biennale is one of the celebration programs of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People Republic of China. It is the hope of the Home Affairs Bureau that the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, to be held at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) site, will help establishing the WKCD as an exchange platform between overseas partners and Hong Kong, and help bringing Hong Kong arts and cultural talents out of Hong Kong to connect with the world. It is also a hope that the Biennale will help familiarize local citizens and tourists with the WKCD site and frequent the place for arts and cultural enjoyment.