June 8, 2017 - Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) - UABB Salon in Berlin "Rural-Urban Transition: Strategies in Diversity" and Rome "Informal City"
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June 8, 2017
June 8, 2017

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)

Bird's eye view of Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen, main venue of 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen). © URBANUS.

UABB Salon in Berlin "Rural-Urban Transition: Strategies in Diversity" and Rome "Informal City"

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ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory
Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119
Berlin, Germany 

MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
Via Guido Reni 4A - 00196
Rome, Italy

Rural-Urban Transition: Strategies in Diversity: June 12, 7–8:30pm 
ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory

Informal City: Strategies in Diversity for the Rural–Urban Transition: June 15, 5:30–7pm 
Video Gallery, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts

 

The upcoming Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) (UABB), starting in December 2017, will take place mainly in an "urban village." It provides a unique opportunity and relevant context to explore diverse visions, strategies and models of urban growth facing the challenge of excessive urban expansion and uniformisation of social life. With the theme of Cities, Grow in Difference, the Seventh UABB will be jointly curated by curator and critic HOU Hanru and founding partners of URBANUS LIU Xiaodu and MENG Yan (in alphabetical order). The Biennale will open on December 15, 2017 at its main venue Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen, China, with sub-venues set up in other urban villages around Shenzhen.

This June UABB is hosting a traveling dialogue together with ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin and MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome with topics of "Rural-Urban Transition: Strategies in Diversity" and "Informal City." They put forward the urgent question of how to invent different but relevant ideas and approaches for the future evolution of our urban life. The discussions will argue that it is time to go beyond the top-down model of development and learn from the bottom-up creative initiatives of the people who inhabit this transitional reality—especially those in the "Global South"—and their strategies of resistance and invention. The traditional focus on the centre hasto shift towards the periphery and beyond to the regional exchange process, in order to include informal and new developments.

UABB Salon in Berlin

The event will be in English. Admission is free. Please register at reply [​at​] ancb.de

Schedule
Welcome:
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB
CHEN Ping, Cultural Councillor of the Chinese Embassy in Germany

Introduction:
Eduard Kögel, Programme Curator, ANCB
Doreen Heng LIU, Principal, NODE Architecture & Urbanism
LIU Lei, Architect; Director, Shenzhen Center for Design

Presentations:
HOU Hanru, Artistic Director, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts; Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen)
MENG Yan, Principal Architect and Co-Founder of URBANUS; Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen)
YANG Yong, Co-Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen); Artist; Founder of Shangqi Art

Panel Discussion:
Nikolaus Hirsch, Editor, e-flux Architecture
HOU Hanru, Artistic Director, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts; Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen)
MENG Yan, Principal Architect and Co-Founder of URBANUS; Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen)
Doreen Heng LIU, Principal, NODE Architecture & Urbanism

Moderated By: 
Eduard Kögel, Programme Curator, ANCB, Berlin

The following Invited Peers will join the discussion:
Anh-Linh Ngo, Editor-in-Chief, ARCH+ Magazine
Jochen Becker, Curator, metroZones - Center for Urban Affairs / Chinafrika. under construction


UABB Salon in Rome

The reflections of the Salon will be a starting point also for the upcoming exhibition The Street, scheduled for 2018 in MAXXI. It will be an architectural, urban and social analysis, involving also the history of the major migration routes in the Mediterranean. The Street represents a place of technological innovation in the transport industry, a moment of fruitful exchange and self-consciousness as well as political awareness, a field of new scientific experiments.

Today, scholars, architects, urbanists and international curators are asked to reflect on these themes. Through their research, they will confront with new strategies of growth and alternative models of urban and rural development.

English/Italian simultaneous interpreting service and vice versa will be provided in this event.

Schedule
Welcome:
HOU Hanru, 
Artistic Director, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts; Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen)

Introduction:
Elena Motisi, Curator, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts

Panel Discussion:
Nick Axel, Deputy Editor, e-flux Architecture
Nicolò Bassetti, Landscape Architect
Francesca Frassoldati, Professor at Polytechnic University of Turin
Joseph Grima, Architect
MENG Yan, Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen); Principal Architect and Co-Founder Of URBANUS
YANG Yong, Co-Curator, 2017 UABB (Shenzhen); Founder of Shangqi Art

Moderated By:
Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator, MAXXI Architecture

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