The 5th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) will reflect on southern China's rapidly developed recent past, while focusing attentions on its postindustrial future. Co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the biennale presents a variety of international studies on urbanism, through architectural, ethnographic and artistic means. True to its future-focus, the biennale will renovate former industrial sites to use as venues, including an old waterfront warehouse and a former glass factory.
Shenzhen's rapid urban growth began in 1979, when the Chinese government named the small village a "special economic zone" for manufacturing and employment. Since then, the city has been flushed with Chinese and foreign investments, primarily in manufacturing -- now, Shenzhen aims to develop more service industries and away from its fast-earned industrial past.
UABB purports to be the only biennale in the world devoted entirely to urbanism and urbanization, and will be held from December 6 2013 - February 28th 2014.