The UABB2017 edition, curated by Hou Hanru, Artistic Director of MAXXI, and by Liu Xiadou and Meng Yan, co-founders and directors of Urbanus Architecture & Design Inc., extends throughout the city of Shenzen and also includes a further three locations.
Along with a dense programme of events and conferences there is also an exhibition Cities, Grow in Difference, curated by Hou Hanru, which investigated the role of “coexistence” in the future development of urban villages and their role in the rapidly expanding cities of China. This is an attempt to counter the trend towards homologation that leads to an impoverishment of environmental and intellectual resources. Every city should instead be seen as an ecological complex, with the utmost heterogeneity and diversity, in which people can live together and share a great variety of dreams and in which the search for harmony should not be confused with uniformity.
Among the participants in the biennale are the architect, designer and planner Yona Friedman with three site-specific projects for the “Street Museum” constructing installations together with local creatives and the independent Spanish collective Boa Mistura, who will invite local people to create together an enormous mural on the façade of an industrial building. Both projects were launched by Hou Hanru, co-curated by Elena Motisi and realised with the support of MAXXI. Also present are Atelier Bow-wow of Tokyo which will be creating a Fire Foodies Club to encourage the sharing cooking and street food. Yung Ho Chang, architect and curator of the first edition of UABB, which will construct a “light but heavy”, open and flexible information kiosk on the lawn at the southern entrance to the walled city of Nantou. Nader Tehrani, the Iranian-American architect, will instead be intervening in the industrial area of the city of Nantou with an avant-garde installation. MVRDV – The Why Factory which will be bringing (W)ego, modules of a mosaic, to assemble a spacious and flexible residential installation.