This year’s Venice Biennale is proving to be one of the most exciting to date. Countries from around the world are offering their interpretations of David Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ theme. showcasing exactly what their industry has to offer on an international platform.
Not only does the biennale allow for the sharing of industry innovation, it offers a glimpse into both the abilities and trending ideologies of the various entrants and the industries into which they fit.
Unsuprisingly, the challenges of sustaining a booming population will serve as the key focus of Hong Kong’s pavilion. Titled ‘inter cities/intra cities: ghostwriting the future’, the overall development, curated by the Oval Partnership, will focus on sustainable urban growth strategies for large cities while fostering aspects of maintenance from both cultural and economic standpoints.
Hong Kong’s exhibition will be as much about research and education as it will be about design, with an analysis of Kowloon East, a 320 hectare district, in relation to confirmed and unconfirmed urban planning concepts.
“Amidst a global financial crisis, Hong Kong has emerged to deliver a regeneration project which will take sustainable urbanism to a new level,” says Oval Partnership founding director Christopher Law. “This is a reinvention of a large part of the city and we believe it is a fascinating place to postulate and observe how the new architectural culture of a consumerist, investment intensive, super-connected, high density but socio-politically only half awakened city, might evolve. We anticipate that our objectives with the exhibition will promote the continuing dynamic growth of Hong Kong as a world class city.”
In a move that differs somewhat from other strictly architecture-focused exhibitions, it appears that the Hong Kong industry is working towards a goal that will extend and influence works long after this year’s biennale. The information garnered through this process is expected to be invaluable in developing long term sustainable urban development plans in the city.