venice biennale 2012: hong kong pavilion
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aug 01, 2012
venice biennale 2012: hong kong pavilion


‘inter cities / intra cities: ghostwriting the future’ curated by the oval partnership
all images courtesy of oval partnership

the hong kong institute of architects and hong kong arts development council will participate in the 13th international architecture
biennale
in venice, curated by oval partnership. titled inter cities / intra cities: ghostwriting the future‘, this year’s theme explores the
sustainable urban growth for the future of hong kong and large cities around the world in accordance with the biennale’s chief curator
david chipperfield‘s topic of ‘common ground’. it will assess the process of sustaining an increasing population in a globalized
commercial economy, while fostering a sense of cultural identity. the exhibit will specifically analyze the 320 hectare district known
as kowloon east, its officially and unofficially planned development projects and the scope of its existing and future culture,
making it one of the most pertinent regeneration projects in the world.

in addition, the curators have invited firms from all over the world with current and past projects in this area to speculate on the
inhabitation of the region over time. an extensive investigation will look at each project’s history, success and failure, and will
juxtapose an array of buildings of varying scales and programs. see below for a list of contributing firms at the pavilion.

the following is the list of contributing firms:

alan cheung
ANTs
CAVE
foster & partners
hour25 production
HK honey
hidden agenda
jim chan
oval partnership
rocco design
ronald lu & partners
wallace chang


mut wah street, kwun tong

christopher law, founding director of the oval partnership, stated:
‘amidst a global financial crisis, hong kong has emerged to deliver a regeneration project which will take sustainable urbanism
to a new level. this is a reinvention of a large part of the city and we believe it is a fascinating place to postulate and observe how
the new architectural culture of a consumerist, investment intensive, super-connected, high density but socio-politically only
halfawakened city, might evolve. we anticipate that our objectives with the exhibition will promote the continuing dynamic growth
of hong kong as a world-class city.’


abandoned residential block in yue man square


typical social housing on ngau tau kok road, kwun


bamboo scaffolding in kwun tong


kwun tong ferry pier


‘inter cities / intra cities: ghostwriting the future’ graphic


venice biennale HK 2012 – introduction to kowloon east
from venice biennale HK 2012 on vimeo.

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