Vertical Fabric: density in landscapeHong Kong in Venice

垂直肌理:密度的地景

Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition –  La Biennale di Venezia

Illustrate Hong Kong Vertical Architecture and Urbanism with Innovation Visions

 

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation (HKIABF) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) jointly organise the exhibition titled Vertical Fabric: density in landscape” (垂直肌理:密度的地景)  to participate in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia under the sponsorship of Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The Grand Opening of the Hong Kong Exhibition will be held at 5:00pm, 25 May 2018 (Friday), while a Forum will be held at 4:00pm, 25 May. A Media Tour will be arranged for press preview at 11am, 25 May.

The Organisers are pleased to announce that Professor Weijen WANG (Chief Curator), Mr. Thomas CHUNG (Co-curator), Mr. Thomas TSANG (Co-curator), and Ms. Grace CHENG (Managing Curator) have been appointed as curators of the exhibition following a public call for proposals. The curators have extensive experiences in curating similar exhibition, including Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, HK-SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture both in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, as well as Collateral Events at the International Architecture Exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia. In response to the theme titled “Freespace” of Biennale Architettura 2018, the Curatorial Team has developed concepts for the exhibition.

 

INTRODUCTION OF EXHIBITION

Vertical Fabric: density in landscape

100 towers 100 architects

Looking down on Hong Kong’s Central from the Victoria Peak, one could find that the city’s vertical fabric creates a wave of towers springing up from the sloping terrain down to the harbour front, spreads along the water edge as a belt of tightly woven texture. The slender towers, framed by land economy through demands of density, establish the city’s dominating typology, not only governing the urban skyline but also shaping daily urban and architectural experiences. Distinguishing itself from other global cities, Hong Kong is unique in its urban form celebrating an aesthetic of density, while comprising a gigantic rhetoric of speculation for both transaction and consumption.

Responding to the theme on “Freespace” of Biennale Architettura 2018, the Hong Kong Exhibition Vertical Fabric: density in landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace through towers. The exhibition manifests innovation within constraints while generating extraordinary spaces from ordinary form. A total of 100 white tower model-bases with infrastructures of 360mm square plan extrusion and structure of 2.0 meters in height, are open for the 100 exhibitors to re-define the typological, spatial and façade potential while maintaining the constraint of its envelope as a collective urban form. A total of 100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and overseas, are invited to design their towers of Freespace, making statements on tower typology in the vertical city.

By installing 100 towers marching along the courtyard extending into the exhibition rooms in Venice, the Hong Kong exhibition illustrates the compactness of Hong Kong’s urban form. The exhibition provides a platform for dialogue with the world, shaping a discourse of Hong Kong’s urbanism and vertical architecture.

And most importantly, the venue provides architects with opportunities to re-think the design of tower typology beyond, incubating visions for vertical freespace facing global challenges in technology, environment, society and culture.

 

“Vertical Fabric: density in landscape: Hong Kong in Venice”
in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Date

25 May 2018 (Preview) ;

26 May – 25 November 2018 (Open to public)

Media Tour

11am, 25 May 2016 (Friday)

Grand Opening

5pm, 25 May 2016 (Friday)

Forum

4pm, 25 May 2016 (Friday)

Venue

Campo della Tana, Castello 2126-30122 Venice, Italy

(opposite the main entrance of Arsenale)

ABOUT ORGANISERS

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation www.hkia.net

Hong Kong Arts Development Council www.hkadc.org.hk

Vertical Fabric: density in landscape: Hong Kong in Venice http://vbexhibitions.hk

 

ABOUT CHIEF CURATOR

Professor Weijen WANG

Wang Weijen , FHKIA, AIA, HKIUD, Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong; Design Director of Wang Weijen Architecture. Received MArch from UC Berkeley, MS and BS from National Taiwan University, he was the Associate at TAC San Francisco 1987-1994. Joined University of Hong Kong since 1994, he was the Head of Architecture Department from 2012-2016, Visiting Professor at University of Montreal and Taiwan Jiaotong University in 2014, as well as Visiting Associate Professor at MIT in 2008. He was also the Curator of 2007 Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

His design projects have won AIA Honor and Merit Design Awards, HKIA Design Award, Japan Good Design Award, Far Eastern Architectural Award, China Architectural Media Award, WA Architectural Award, as well as Merit Award from Green Building Council. His design works had been exhibited in Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Architecture Biennale in Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, as well as Biennale Architettura in 2008 and 2016.

With research focuses on typology and transformation of Chinese Architecture and Cities, his design works and articles have been published in Domus, Mark, Stradt Bauwelt, T+A, TA, WA, Dialogue, UED. His main publications include Refabricating City: a reflection by Oxford University Press, Regenerating Patio: Studies of Macau Historical Urban Fabric, Urban Courtyardism: Special issue of Wang Weijen Architecture by Taiwan Architecture 185, UED 056, and AW 158.

 

Curators:

Chief-Curator: Weijen WANG

Co-Curators:Thomas CHUNG, Thomas TSANG

Managing Curator: Grace CHENG

 

Participating exhibitors

AU Fai

BELL Michael

BUCCI Angelo

CARLOW Jason

CHAN Billy/TZE Ida

CHAN Corrin

CHAN Joel

CHAN Stephen/TAM William

CHANG Wallace/ YUET T.C.

CHANG Yung Ho

CHEN Marvin

Cheung Suanne/KUNG Alvin

CHU Karl

CHU Paul

CHU Steven

CHUNG Thomas

CROLLA Kristof

CUI Kai

DONG Gong

EBERLE Dietmar

FERRETTO Peter

FINGRUT Adam

FUNG Martin

FUNG Philip

FUNG Raymond

FUNG Wilson

GALOFARO Luca

GAO Yan

GE Ming

HE Jian Xiang

HE Xiao

HSIEH Ying Chun

HU Rossana/NERI Lyndon

HUNG Matthew

HWANG Patrick

IGARASHI Jun

KIRCHHOFF Ulrich

LANGE Christian

LAW Chris

LEE Clover

LEE Sarah/YANO Yutaka

LEUNG Frank

LIU Doreen

LIU Xiao Du

LU Ronald

LUI Frankie

LWK&Partners

MCKEE Chad

MENIS Fernando

NG Edward

NG Vincent

OTTEVAERE Olivier

PREMTHADA Boonserm

REISER Jesse/UMEMOTO Nanako

SCHULDENFREI Eric

SERAJI Nasrine

SEUNG H-Sang

SO Kwok Kin

TAKEYAMA Kiyoshi Sey

TANG Hua

TING Evelyn/TSE Paul

TSANG Anson

TSANG William

TSE Kenneth

TSE Serena/YEUNG Wyan

WAI Ken

WANG Weijen

WONG Humphrey

WU Maggie

YIM Rocco

YIP Alvin/ ITO Irene

YIU Marisa

YU Frank

ZHU Jing Xiang

ZHU Tao

ZHU Xiao Feng

11ARCHITECTURE

AaaM

AECOM

AGC

CHEUNG Kong-yeung Architects

Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers

EUREKA LTD

Hong Kong Housing Authority

KPF

MVRDV

NAPP STUDIO

Omar Yeung Architect & Associates

P&T Architects and Engineers

PangArchitect

Philip Liao and Partners

Ronald Lu & Partners

 

Organisers:

 

Leading sponsor:

 

For general administrative matters, please contact the Organizer:

HKIA Secretariat Mr. Ken TSANG

Email: kent@hkia.net

Tel: (852) 2805 7372

 

For curatorial matters, please contact Curatorial Team:

Curatorial Contact Person Ms. Grace CHENG

Email: grace@communityartnetwork.hk / enquiry@vb208hk.org

Tel: (852) 9417 2490

 

For media matters, please contact the appointed PR agency

Blink Events & PR Consultants Ms. Mandy LAW

Email: mandy.law@blink.com.hk     

Tel: (852) 9611 5027

 

Disclaimer:

Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

 

 

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