The Dutch participants of the Shenzhen Hong Kong bi-city biennale that ended February 28th have returned - a perfect opportunity to look back. The Biennale offered both examples from all around the world and visions for the Pearl River Delta that show how we can re-imagine, re-present, re-use, and re-live the city. This edition of China Creates we welcome several Dutch participants to share their experiences and ideas.
The Biennale drew from the idea that the time to re-live the city is now. In the last three decades, Shenzhen and many cities like it around the world have grown at a rate that we could not have imagined. The exhibitions showed that there are plenty of opportunities to make these places not just bigger, but better. They can and should be more sustainable, comfortable, open to change and adaptation, and more beautiful.
The 2015/2016 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (SZ) took place at the site of the former Dacheng Flour Factory in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, a declining factory complex built in 1980s. The Curatorial Team and Node proposed to redesign and repurpose the existing buildings without demolition to create a series of new public spaces, converting the abandoned factory buildings into a multifaceted exhibition venue.
- Rise & Shine clips will be shown throughout the programme. Rise & Shine, a collaboration of Bureau Europa and Design Displacements Group, was a performative newsroom disseminating information about projects by Dutch architects, urbanists, designers and academics on display.
- Jeffrey Bolhuis, AP+E will speak about Shan Zhen
- Saskia van Stein, Bureau Europa and Agata Jaworska, Institute of Relevant Studies will present Domestic Affairs, the house is a home to a paradox
- Linda Vlassenrood, International New Town Institute, will speak about Da Lang Fever 2.0
- Merve Bedir, land + Civilisation Compositions, will present Aformal Academy
Creative Industries Fund NL, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou and Mondriaan Fund have generously supported most of the Dutch contributions at the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.