Urban Villages within the Megalopolis of Shenzhen : A (De)centralised Driver for Urban Change?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-23
Number of pages12
Journal / PublicationOnCurating Journal
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


Art is shown in constructed spaces like museums, off spaces, private homes or even in public spaces like squares or parks. But it always deals with the idea of showing and a scheduled timeframe in which the art works can be seen. Nowadays the venues for exhibitions get more and more (de)centralised and encompass a wider territory. The aspiration behind these developments is based on the common idea of improving conditions, showing potentials and really starting to move things forward rather than just offering empty criticism. In the context of an Architecture and Urbanism Biennial it is more important than ever, not just to show another model for utopias, but to really show what these approaches are able to transfer and do in real life. So the questions arise: To what extent can a biennial change urban development trajectories? What are the novel elements introduced by the Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism/ Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen in 2018? What role does the urban village Nantou Old Town as the setting of the UABB 2018 take on? And how can be better gain an applied understanding of (de)centralised urban space?

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