How Hong Kong is turning into ART

uabb2The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) is very much pleased to take the lead to organize the 2013 BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (Hong Kong) (UABB(HK) 2013) with Hong Kong Institute of Planners, Hong Kong Designers Association, and Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture organizing Committee. This is the fourth of its kind in a series of Biennales, formerly known as “the fourth HKSZ Bi-City Biennale exhibition.” – MS. ADA FUNG JP, FHKIA, RA – President, HKIA

uabb1As you all can see above, Hong Kong is turning itself towards a higher art and culture reputation by allowing people and local companies to contribute onto making the streets and abandoned places of our favorite city have a second life. In a city where art is usually showed with shiny skyscrapers and fancy malls, Travis Blunt and all his team of architects, planners, designers and artists from Asia-Pacific region helped by volunteer art students are restoring old ferry piers such as the Kwun Tong Old Ferry pier in order to turn them into a splendid place where adults and kids can have some fun on a relaxing Sunday afternoon walk on the seaside. (please see below for other locations)

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Major sites details:

KWUN TONG ferry pier – An underutilized part of a larger pier complex that once provided regular passenger and vehicular ferry services connecting Kwun Tong with shau Kei Wan, au ma Tei, Central and north Point Kwun Tong ferry Pier is the main concourse of the 2013 Bi-City Urbanism / Architecture Biennale (UABB). regular ferry service links Kwun Tong ferry Pier with north Point Pier on Hong Kong Island, UABB’s entry point.

EXPO @ EKEO – As the Biennale expo site, this once unused, fenced-off area underneath the Kwun Tong Bypass is transformed and enlivened by large-scale, exterior installations and a full calendar of events, including music performances, film screenings and symposia. It is within walking distance from the main concourse at Kwun Tong Pier.

NORTH POINT pier – Another underutilized part of a once larger pier complex and busy system of transportation, north Point Pier is Kwun Tong ferry Pier’s reflection on Hong Kong Island and the entry point to the 2013 Biennale, providing direct access from Hong Kong Island to the main concourse at Kwun Tong Peer and the EXPO @ EKEO

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Dates & Events:

uabb524 JAN 2014
Friday Night Events: Book Launch
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ EKEO :FF 01
“Rural Urban Framework” by Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, & “Homecoming”, edited by Christiane Lange, JoshuaBolchover & John Lin.

26 JAN 2014
The Free School Workshop
4-8pm @ EKEO :FF 01
A community workshop on alternative economy

08 FEB 2014
The Free School: Community Workshop
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ EKEO :FF 01
A free workshop on the art of making publications.

09 FEB 2014
Zine Exchange + Workshop #2
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ KTFT
This event will showcase the products of the first workshop at the bookstore space in the Kwun Tong Ferry Terminal.

uabb4409 FEB 2014
Village Tour Series *TWO: Pokfulam
Village 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

15 FEB 2014
Village Tour Series *THREE : Emptyscape
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ KTFT
This guided tour, the final in a three-part series, will bring participants into several villages in the North-East New Territories to engage with its rural landscapes and inhabitants as well as a series of events bringing together artists, musicians, andvillagers.
Participants: Emptyscape

16 FEB 2014
Protei Hackathon
10:00 AM – CLOSE @UABB Headquarters
Learn about open source technologies & naval architecture; you will design, prototype, code and test your newly built robot in the water!
Participants: Cesar Harada of Protei

uabb620-23 FEB 2014
Puriflume Water Park Weekend
@ EKEO :FF 01
Bring flipflops, beachballs, and swimwear: the Puriflume will be activated for several days of educational water fun for children and adults

21 FEB 2014
Friday Night Events: Book Launch
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ KTFT
The UABB*HK 2012 Tri-ciprocal Chief Curators Andersen Lee and Gene King present the concluding publication for the last Biennale.
Participants: Andersen Lee and Gene King

22 FEB 2014
Football Game
TIME : TBD @ FF 01
People’s Pitch is a non-profit that will organize and teach the basics of playing football in non-conventional urban places.

23 FEB 2014
Community Farming
TIME : TBD @ EKEO :FF 01
This workshop will focus on the exploration for bringing farming at marginal spaces in the city in a hands-on approach. Get ready to get dirty!
Participants: HK Farm

23 FEB 2014
Closing Ceremony
TIME : TBD @ EKEO & KTFP
A few moments to remember us by, followed by a very big party in Kwun Tong!

For more information on the events please visit UABB.HK

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