Refabricating City: A Reflection: Hong Kong - Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture by Weijen WangRefabricating City: A Reflection: Hong Kong - Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture by Weijen Wang

Refabricating City: A Reflection: Hong Kong - Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture

EditorWeijen Wang, Thomas Chung

Hardcover | December 24, 2011

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This publication is at once a record of and a reflection on the Biennale. The book consists of four main parts. The first part Forum features interviews with Ralph Lerner, Chang Yung-ho, Rocco Yim and Wang Weijen, as well as Leo Lee's interpretation, Zhu Tao's and Ruan Ching-Yue's critiques,Liu Jiakun's and Huang Sheng Yuan's reflections on the Biennale. We also invited twenty participants of the Biennale for their feedbacks, and the first members of the Steering Committee to share with us the origins of the Biennale. These various texts, by commenting on common issues such as theuniqueness of Hong Kong's urban spaces vs. the ordinariness of her architecture, the role and future of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale, historical buildings and the meaning of public space, provide us valuable references for strategizing on the future of our architecture and city. The second partExhibition, which makes up the main content of this book, presents our visual record of all exhibits. The third part Venue and Event documents our understanding of the Central Police Station, the design and implementation, as well as the curatorial planning and program. The fourth part is Lectureand Dialogue, which includes five main lectures and six dialogue events covering important topics related to the Biennale theme: refabrication and regeneration, memory and future, the global and the local, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, urbanism and landscape. In the course of editing this book, the 2009 Biennale has already launched in West Kowloon, and the direction of Central Police Station Compound and West Kowloon Planning has also became clearer. At the same time, citizen protests on the development of high-speed railway start to grip the attentionof the Hong Kong media. This reminds us of the situation on the eve of the Biennale opening two years ago, when conservation activists and the media questioned the usage of historical buildings as the venue for an architecture biennale. In dealing with this crisis, we came to realize that what wewere faced with were our frustrated citizens, who suffered chronically under the hegemony of procedural rationality, and who just had the urban memory of Star Ferry and Queen's Pier wiped out. We requested our exhibiters to amend their exhibit design in the last minute to leave intact any of theinternal furnishings, not because we shared the nostalgic attitude of treating historical architecture as untouchable antiques, but because we believed this Biennale also took part in the urban process of shaping our public space: it was an urban process of consensus-building and negotiation for ashared urban value. If every biennale could become an urban process of what Michel de Certeau theorized as the "practice of everyday life", it could certainly in many ways inspire our cultural imagination on space. Through the exhibits' interpretation and appropriation of a walled colonial prison compound, and thevisitors' occupation of prison cells and courtyards, the 2007 Biennale engendered a double reading between architectural display and urban history. By setting up temporary exhibition structures and landscape in West Kowloon, the 2009 Biennale, opened up the public's experience, reflection andprojection of this future cultural space. By bringing our citizens into the exhibition venue, it is hoped that the Biennales will lead them to look into the spatial possibilities of the architecture: In what form should the public space take? What kind of cultural forum should it provide? What sortof strategy on public space will the government's new proposals offer? Whether it is the Biennale at Central Police Station or at the West Kowloon, through an urban process of exploration in public space and participation in cultural forums, would our citizens be able to generate discourses to counter or negotiate with the procedural rationality, therefore be ready tostate clearly what is needed for our city is more than an iconic landmark, but a public realm that allows everyone to interchange on all levels?
Weijen Wang, associate professor at department of architecture of Hong Kong University, graduated from UC Berkeley and Taiwan University. His design projects won several AIA Design Awards and Far Eastern Architectural Award, and were exhibited including in Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Beijing Architecture Biennale, Shenzhen Biennale o...
Title:Refabricating City: A Reflection: Hong Kong - Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / ArchitectureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.66 × 8.66 × 1.25 inPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordIntroductionForumWeijen Wang: Refabricating City - Statement of Biennale ThemeRalph Lerner: Interview with Ralph LernerYung-ho Chang: Interview with Chang Yung-hoRocco Yim: Interview with Rocco YimTao Zhu and Weijen Wang: Dialogue with Lead Curator Wang WeijenTao Zhu: Shenzhen!VHong Kong (Dis)IntegrationChing-Yue Ruan: One Fish Two EatJiakun Liu: Exhibitor!s ImpressionSheng Yuan Huang: Shout out loud the Dreams of OthersOu-fan Lee: The Flaneur in the City of LifeThomas Chung: Exhibition Strategy and Thematic IntentionsPlatform: Reflections by 20 ArchitectsRound Table: Origin of Hong Kong's BiennaleExhibitionHeadquarters Block . Block A / Mapping FabricBarrack Block . Ablution Block / Building FabricCentral Magistracy . The Route / Modelling Hong Kong . Networking CitiesPrison E Hall . Upper Courtyard / Transforming FabricPrison F Hall / Envisioning FabricLower Courtyard . Prison B, D, E Hall / Parallel ExhibitionsBinennale GalleryVenue/EventThomas Chung: Venue History and RefabricationStephen Chan: Venue DesignBiennale OpeningMartin Fung: From Biennale to FestivalDialogue/LectureDialogue I: Regeneration / RefabricationDialogue II: City Memory / City EnvisioningDialogue III: Global / LocalDialogue IV: Parallel space: Material ResurrectionDialogue V: Urban Space / Urban CultureDialogue VI: Landscape Urbanism / Urban LandscapeUrban Void ForumLecture by YAMAMOTO Riken : To Create Architecture is to Create the FutureLecture by SEUNG H-Seng : Culturescape in Urbanism of SymbolismLecture by CHANG Yung-ho : One ProjectLecture by OHNO Hidetoshi : Fibercity Designing for Shrinkage