Open Call for 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: Eyes of the City Exhibition

Sponsors: Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Type: Open, international
Languages: Chinese, English

31 May 2019 – Submissions deadline

The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture is the only biennial exhibition in the world based exclusively on urbanism and urbanisation. Co-organised by the neighbouring cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the three-month event brings together international practitioners and theorists from a diverse range of disciplines to promote discourse and public engagement with globally shared issues in and around urbanism.
The eighth edition of the Biennale launches in Shenzhen on 15 December 2019. The location is the Futian district of Shenzhen, with Futian Railway Station acting as the main Biennale hub supported by clusters of sub-venues across the city. For the event, the space in and around the station will be re-designed and transformed in line with the 2019 Urban Interactions theme.

The open call asks what kind of digitally-augmented city we want to build for tomorrow and seeks responses to a series of specific questions set out in a curatorial statement that relate to the interrelationships of people, technology and the city.
Applicants can submit in one of three categories:
Design projects
Designers, architects, architectural offices and practitioners are challenged to conceive installations that demonstrate an experimental approach to the Biennale theme and specific context while engaging visitors in a highly interactive participatory relationship with their spatial environment. Participants are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams combining expertise from research and industry that will open up new perspectives on the relation between users and urban space, and which will create a legacy for the city of Shenzhen.
Research projects
Research-based practices, universities and research centres operating in and around the design disciplines are invited to propose innovative research projects that explore the potential of design practice as a mediating tool between digital and physical spaces in the future city. Proposals should aim to use the Biennale locale as a testing ground for new methods of research and practice that can be applied by scientific and professional communities worldwide.
Critical essays
Scholars, critics, philosophers, historians, thinkers and researchers operating in and around the design disciplines are encouraged to propose contributions to ignite further modes of theoretical exploration into the relationship between cities and technologies. Proposals should open up new perspectives on relationships between design practice, user experience and urban space and should aim to contribute to outlining new theoretical ways of conceiving the city.


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