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Shenzhen Biennale: The Value Factory and the Urban Border

Shenzhen Biennale: The Value Factory and the Urban Border
Shenzhen Biennale: The Value Factory and the Urban Border, Entrance pavilion at the Value Factory © ArchDaily
Entrance pavilion at the Value Factory © ArchDaily

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics. 

A few days ago we had the chance to attend the opening of the Shenzhen Biennale, curated by Creative Director Ole Bouman together with Academic Directors Li Xiangning and Jeffrey Johnson. The Biennale, focused on “Urban Borders,” is split between two venues that will be open until Feb 28th, 2014. 

Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia
Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia

Right next to the Shenzhen Ferry Terminal, where thousands of people commute every day between Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese cities along the Pearl River Delta, the Border Warehouse  displays a series of projects -including the national pavilions- that deal with border issues, from projects that mediate Shenzhen and Hong Kong; the 3,154km long border between Mexico and the US, to transit stations and border checkpoints designed by contemporary architects. Participating include Enrique Walker, Juerguen Mayer, Aterlier Bow Wow, Joseph Grima, Teddy Cruz, Abalos + Sienkiewicz, MAD, among many others.

"Cities are filled with numerous – and at first sight invisible – borders. Between rich and poor, between ethnic groups, between high and low, between dense and sprawl, in short, between center and periphery. But who and what define these borders?" -- Ole Bouman

But perhaps the most interesting part of the Biennale takes place at the main venue: The Value Factory. 

More information about the Value Factory and a complete photo report after the break:

Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily

The Value Factory is located in a former glass factory in the Shekou port, part of the industrial heritage of the city. This industrial landscape has been transformed by a multinational team of architects into a series of unique spaces that offer a dramatic experience to the visitors. It serves as a physical platform for the content partners invited by Ole Bouman to create and broadcast knowledge in the form of seminars, workshops and lectures. 

Pop Up Studio X Shenzhen © ArchDaily
Pop Up Studio X Shenzhen © ArchDaily

The partners include The Berlage, Columbia’s Studio X, Droog Design, the V&A Museum, the MAXXI, the MoMA, MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism, Volume Magazine, the International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, OMA, the Het Nieuwe Instituut, and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Volume Magazine © ArchDaily
Volume Magazine © ArchDaily

For example OMA conducted a series of workshops around the Yingzao Fashi (a technical book on architecture and craftsmanship written by Li Jie, the Directorate of Buildings and Construction during the mid Song Dynasty of China), where participants used foam cutters to explore these principles hands-on. 

Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily

The Museum of Finnish Architecture hosts “ Re-Creation”, an installation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects, where a house-like concept is built inside one of the silos using traditional Finnish wood building techniques that will be later “copied” through re-interpretation by Chinese counterparts using bamboo techniques, creating a knowledge-exchange instance between the two cultures (more details about this project on an upcoming article).

The Future of Architecture Education - Discussion panel with Puay-peng Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Mark Wigley (Columbia GSAPP), Alexander D'Hooghe (MIT), Nanne de Ru (The Berlage) moderated by Ole Bouman © ArchDaily
The Future of Architecture Education - Discussion panel with Puay-peng Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Mark Wigley (Columbia GSAPP), Alexander D'Hooghe (MIT), Nanne de Ru (The Berlage) moderated by Ole Bouman © ArchDaily

Between these two venues, one for exhibiting and one for creating, the Biennale brings together experts from different countries and fields to exchange and create knowledge in a city that - in only 30 years - has grown from a few hundred thousand to 14 million, and that is already re thinking its past in order to define its future.

Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Machine Hall at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Inside the silos at the Value Factory © ArchDaily
Inside the silos at the Value Factory © ArchDaily
Silos at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Silos at The Value Factory © ArchDaily
Pop Up Studio X Shenzhen © ArchDaily
Pop Up Studio X Shenzhen © ArchDaily
V&A Museum's "Rapid Response Collecting" © ArchDaily
V&A Museum's "Rapid Response Collecting" © ArchDaily
The Berlage © ArchDaily
The Berlage © ArchDaily
MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism
MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism
Sao Paulo Biennale © ArchDaily
Sao Paulo Biennale © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Re-Creation by Lassila-Hirvilammi Architects © ArchDaily
Special Material Zone by Droog Design © ArchDaily
Special Material Zone by Droog Design © ArchDaily
Special Material Zone by Droog Design © ArchDaily
Special Material Zone by Droog Design © ArchDaily
Shanshui Experiment Complex by MAD © ArchDaily
Shanshui Experiment Complex by MAD © ArchDaily
Shanshui Experiment Complex by MAD © ArchDaily
Shanshui Experiment Complex by MAD © ArchDaily
Shanshui Experiment Complex by MAD © ArchDaily
Shanshui Experiment Complex by MAD © ArchDaily
border.scape by Juerguen H. Mayer © ArchDaily
border.scape by Juerguen H. Mayer © ArchDaily
Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia
Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia
Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia
Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia
Landscape Wall © ArchDaily
Landscape Wall © ArchDaily
Two Urban Edges, Abalos + Sienkiewicz © ArchDaily
Two Urban Edges, Abalos + Sienkiewicz © ArchDaily
A timeline of city edges © ArchDaily
A timeline of city edges © ArchDaily
Belgium Pavilion, XX Models by Young Belgian Architects © ArchDaily
Belgium Pavilion, XX Models by Young Belgian Architects © ArchDaily
Macau pavilion © ArchDaily
Macau pavilion © ArchDaily
Canada Pavilion, LAND | SLIDE Possible Futures © ArchDaily
Canada Pavilion, LAND | SLIDE Possible Futures © ArchDaily
USA Pavilion, Adaptation: Architecture, Technology, and the City, Curated by Jeffrey Inaba © ArchDaily
USA Pavilion, Adaptation: Architecture, Technology, and the City, Curated by Jeffrey Inaba © ArchDaily
Mexican Pavilion: Mexican Border, curated by Miquel Adriá © ArchDaily
Mexican Pavilion: Mexican Border, curated by Miquel Adriá © ArchDaily
Village Mountains by standard architecture © ArchDaily
Village Mountains by standard architecture © ArchDaily
Airport Project © ArchDaily
Airport Project © ArchDaily
Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden by People's Architecture Office © ArchDaily
Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden by People's Architecture Office © ArchDaily
Urban Syndrome, animations and shorts screenings © ArchDaily
Urban Syndrome, animations and shorts screenings © ArchDaily
Rural Architectural Intensification © ArchDaily
Rural Architectural Intensification © ArchDaily
Fluid Art Gallery © ArchDaily
Fluid Art Gallery © ArchDaily
Desire and Memory of Fringe by Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd © ArchDaily
Desire and Memory of Fringe by Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd © ArchDaily
Desire and Memory of Fringe by Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd © ArchDaily
Desire and Memory of Fringe by Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd © ArchDaily
Cite: David Basulto. "Shenzhen Biennale: The Value Factory and the Urban Border" 19 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/460421/shenzhen-biennale-the-value-factory/>
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