The Bi-City Biennale (UABB) based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong has invited Fuhou Zhang (M Arch ’17) to exhibit under the theme of Cities, Grow in Difference. His exhibited work was originally designed for the 2017 Schindler Global Award, for which it was selected as one of 12 finalists. The project explores the integration of infrastructure with architecture and landscape designs in a systematic and creative way, so as to create more inclusive, just, flexible, diverse and sustainable habitats. In the project, new spatial relations are created to manifest people’s rights to the city and give them more agency over their living environment. A flexible and operable structure was built, in which the vast population are not merely users of designs, but are active creators – managing and adjusting the urban space which they are simultaneously creating. By questioning the logic, structure, form and content of contemporary urban development, the project addresses fundamental urban issues caused by traditional urbanization. The Bi-City Biennale, an international biannual event that focuses on both architecture and urbanism, advocates for recognition, respect and inclusion towards diversity in urban development. It aims to evoke people’s consciousness of their living environment and to promote a balance between bottom-up and top down urban development strategies.
The 2017 UABB is open to the public on December 15, 2017 in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In addition to Zhang’s design, the exhibition also includes work by UVA Architecture Professor Esther Lorenz’s studio, Kinesthetic Montage, and international architects, artists, and researchers such as Yona Friedman, MVRDV, Atelier Bow-wow, Yong Ho Chang, and many others. Zhang’s exhibited work was co-curated by Meng Huang (M Arch ’18) and the models were produced in collaboration with current UVA School of Architecture students: Austin Edwards, Megan Friedman, Meng Huang, Xinxin Huang, Liz Kulesza, Shaocong Lui, Tyler Mauri, and Jiayue Peng. Congratulations to the whole team!