Kowloon East: A Common Ground for Diversity & Compatibility in Hong Kong

Bernard Chan, Executive Council Member HKSAR, spoke about the importance of finding the Common Ground in Kowloon East

PRESS RELEASE The exhibitors and featured projects in Hong Kong’s exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia were unveiled on 16 August at a press conference held at the Osage Open in Kowloon East, with guest of honour Bernard Chan, member of the Executive Council HKSAR and Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development.

The exhibition is co-organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Hong Kong Arts Development Council, in response to the Biennale Director David Chipperfield’s overall exhibition theme of Common Ground. Hong Kong’s exhibition, titled “Inter Cities / Intra Cities: Ghostwriting the Future”, emphasizes the importance of social compatibility and cultural diversity in the creation of our cities and focuses on the vital urban, architectural and cultural regeneration of Hong Kong’s very own “common ground”: Kowloon East.

Mr Christopher Law (Director of Oval Partnership Ltd) has been appointed Chief Curator of Hong Kong’s exhibition at the Biennale. 13 contributing exhibitors from a cross section of cultural backgrounds in Art, Music, Architecture and Design will speculate on the past present and future of Kowloon East. They will present a diverse set of live and speculative projects taking place across the 320 hectare district, which is set to be one of the largest regeneration projects in the world and of vital importance to the future of Hong Kong.

The ambition of the exhibition is to promote multi-disciplinary ideas and public dialogue, beyond urban design and development alone. It aims to identify what will define successful place-making for the district in a socially- and culturally-focused approach, and ensure diversity and compatibility in Hong Kong’s last major regeneration opportunity.

The Opening Ceremony for the Hong Kong Exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale Di Venezia will be held from 4.30pm on 27th August at the Arsenale, Castello, campo della Tana 2126. The Guest of Honour for the opening ceremony will be Miss CHOW Shuk Ching, Mary, JP, Special Representative for HK Economic & Trade Affairs to the European Union, Brussels ETO.

The exhibition will open to the public from August 29 to November 25, 2012.


Download the full press release here 120816 HK VB2012 Press Release 2

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