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Appointment of Curator for 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong)


The organizers of 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) (UABBHK2017), The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Planners and Hong Kong Designers Association, are pleased to announce that Dr. CHAN Lai Kiu has been appointed as the Curator for the UABBHK2017 exhibition titled “City Smarts: Density 2.0”.

The UABBHK2017 is sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Curatorial Team:
Chief Curator Dr. CHAN Lai Kiu

Please click HERE for the profiles of Dr. Chan. She is in the process of forming different task forces and recruiting co-curators on various subthemes.

Curatorial Statement:
Do you know that Hong Kong is a city in possession of the largest proportion of country parks in the world? In view of Hong Kong’s severe housing problems and the great demand for ‘boarding’ the first flat purchase, it is about time to review Hong Kong’s land uses, including the country parks, and to re-think and re-invent the extreme density of the city.

The success of Hong Kong is, undoubtedly, a legend. Despite the fragmented and hilly landscape, limited natural resources and a very high population density, Hong Kong has managed to become one of the most livable cities in the world and a renowned metropolis in the region. This relies heavily on its smart citizens, designers, professionals and practitioners in the building and real estate industry. Equipped with fast, efficient and flexible abilities, Hong Kongers are very good at “improvising” according to the actual situations and constraints. These wisdom, experience and culture, collectively named as “City Smarts”, may point ways to solve some of the current problems, and help Hong Kong to become a more appreciative, positive and inclusive society. These “City Smarts” may also be shared with other cities facing similar challenges of land shortage while striving to achieve quality living and high environmental sustainability.

Venue: Various cultural hubs and urban venues with MTR as spines (Details to be released upon confirmation)

Proposed Exhibition Period: Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

Call for Contributors and Exhibitors:
Please click HERE for the provisional subthemes. These themes are subject to further changes and refinement.

For the Density 2.0 sub-themes, task forces are formed to conduct studies and do detailed curation. Anyone interested to join these task forces or have interesting works that suit these themes to contribute, please feel free to approach Dr. Chan by June via HKIA.

For the City Smarts sub-themes, open call for exhibits that contains these design traits will be announced in near future to suit specific venues and formats.

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

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