“The theme for the 2011-12 edition of the Shenzhen Biennale is rooted in the very conception of the event, which first appeared in 2005. Uniquely, this biennial exhibition features not only architecture but urbanism, which is rarely addressed in such event. The combination is immensely appropriate, as these two human activities are inseparable even if they are often treated as separate disciplines. Throughout history, they have been totally interdependent in the transformation and growth of human settlements. Hence, the theme: Architecture creates cities. Cities create architecture.” – Terrence Riley
Terrence Riley is the Chief Curator of the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, and an internationally recognized leader in the design and development of cultural facilities and programs. He has been involved with the renovation and expansion of many prominent museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York). In this Biennale, he and his international curatorial team bring together over 100 architects, curators and other creative individuals to present exhibits/dialogues about the relationship between architecture and urbanism on a global and contemporary scale, in the context of sustainability and vitality.
The HKU Museum Society and the Friends of the HK Art Museum jointly present the tour of this Biannale. We will be guided by HK architect Joan Leung, a graduate with a M. Arch degree from MIT, and a former faculty 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 Department. 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 publishes papers on architecture education, interior architecture and green building.
The day's itinerary will include visit to the Biennale, lunch and a stop to an interior furnishings outlet before heading home.