Vertical Fabric: density in landscape: Hong Kong in Venice
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”
25 May 2018 (Preview) ;
26 May – 25 November 2018 (Open to public)
11am, 25 May 2016 (Friday)
5pm, 25 May 2016 (Friday)
4pm, 25 May 2016 (Friday)
Campo della Tana, Castello 2126-30122 Venice, Italy
(opposite the main entrance of Arsenale)
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.
Chief-Curator: Weijen WANG
Co-Curators:Thomas CHUNG, Thomas TSANG
Managing Curator: Grace CHENG
CHAN Billy/TZE Ida
CHAN Stephen/TAM William
CHANG Wallace/ YUET T.C.
CHANG Yung Ho
Cheung Suanne/KUNG Alvin
HE Jian Xiang
HSIEH Ying Chun
HU Rossana/NERI Lyndon
LEE Sarah/YANO Yutaka
LIU Xiao Du
REISER Jesse/UMEMOTO Nanako
SO Kwok Kin
TAKEYAMA Kiyoshi Sey
TING Evelyn/TSE Paul
TSE Serena/YEUNG Wyan
YIP Alvin/ ITO Irene
ZHU Jing Xiang
ZHU Xiao Feng
CHEUNG Kong-yeung Architects
Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers
Hong Kong Housing Authority
Omar Yeung Architect & Associates
P&T Architects and Engineers
Philip Liao and Partners
Ronald Lu & Partners
For general administrative matters, please contact the Organizer:
HKIA Secretariat Mr. Ken TSANG
Tel: (852) 2805 7372
For curatorial matters, please contact Curatorial Team:
Curatorial Contact Person Ms. Grace CHENG
Tel: (852) 9417 2490
For media matters, please contact the appointed PR agency
Blink Events & PR Consultants Ms. Mandy LAW
Tel: (852) 9611 5027
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.