Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture was inaugurated in 2007, generating synergy between the two most vibrant urban centres in the region, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In January, under the guidance of Hong Kong architect Joan Leung, we visited Shenzhen's 2011 Bi-City Biennale, curated by Terrence Riley with the theme – architecture creates cities, cities create architecture. Many participants expressed keen interest and in response, Leung has kindly agreed to guide a sequel tour to the Hong Kong part of the Bi-City Biennale.
The Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale is curated by Gene K. King and Anderson Lee, and embraces the theme, Tri-ciprocal Cities: The Time, The Place, The People. Drawing an analogy between the development of a city and the biological age of a person, it addresses the tangible as well as the intangible aspects of the city and its architecture – factors that shape the character and vitality of the city.
The Biennale will be held at the HK Kowloon Park and HK Heritage Discovery Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. It comprises a series of multi-media activities that includes performances, movie appreciation, forums and workshops with participation from 50 architects, designers and artists from Hong Kong, Asia and Europe.
The HKU Museum Society and the Friends of the HK Art Museum will again jointly present the tour. Our guide Joan Leung is a graduate with a M. Arch degree from MIT. She was a faculty member of HKU Architecture Department until she founded Lotus Architects Ltd in 1987 with her late husband, Professor Eric Lye, Dean and Head of HKU Architecture. Since then, she has done many notable projects, including the Clubhouse at the Arch, which won the Grand Award of Quality Building Award for 2008. She is a member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Advisory Committee and the Heritage and Conservation Committee, and has published papers on architecture education, interior architecture and green building.