2007 SHENZHEN-HONG KONG BI-CITY BIENNALE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
SHENZHEN, CHINA – The Shenzhen Government proudly presents the 2007 Shenzhen-Hong Kong
Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism: The City of Expiration and Regeneration, on view from
December 8, 2007 through February 29, 2008. Curated by Charlie Koolhaas, Yuyang Liu, and Peter
Zellner with chief curator, Qingyun Ma, the biennale features over 130 exhibits, including architecture,
art, research, interactive media, and citizen participation projects. This is also the inaugural bi-city
Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale, marking a blossoming relationship between these two neighboring
The theme of this year’s biennale is the City of Expiration and Regeneration (CoER). Contemporary
cities have emerged, experiencing youth and maturity. But how does the city preserve its urban vitality
and prevent its impending expiration? Should an organic city design itself with extinction in mind?
After exploring existing notions of urban physical expiration, the Biennale will take preemptive measures,
focusing on energy transformation, urban mutation, and methods of breathing life back into a
city when it inevitably expunges its own resources.
About the Chief Curator
Qingyun Ma is currently the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California,
as well as the principal of MADA s.p.a.m, an architecture and design firm with offices in Beijing,
Shanghai, Xi’an, and Los Angeles.
This exhibition was organized by the Shenzhen Government and was coordinated by the Shenzhen
Planning Bureau in association with SPAMAPS.
Despite its modest origins as a tiny fishing village, Shenzhen has become an economic powerhouse in
the Pearl River Delta as a result of its status as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), and the rapid construction
and development of thousands of factories. As the bridge linking mainland China to Hong Kong,
Shenzhen has been consecutively ranked first among Chinese mainland cities over the past 14 years in
term of total export volume. The city’s integral role in the global market is clear: Wal-Mart’s global
purchasing headquarters is in Shenzhen. In more recent years, the city has attempted to balance its
factories with tourist, recreational centers including over five theme parks, and Mission Hills, the selfproclaimed
“largest golf course in the world.”
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circulated between international entities invested in architecture and urbanism. The solicitation letter
for answers to 10 curatorial questions was attached in pages that followed.