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Elliot Zheng Zhou

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Biennale in Action


“Biennale in Action” speculates an alternative model of Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, which will use the biennale-making as a vehicle to instigate incremental and multi-scalar urban regeneration while empowering the local communities. The thesis explores how exhibition-making could 1/ materialize social critiques into tangible forms of urban installations; 2/ offer a participatory platform for the regeneration of existing structure for long-term community use after the exhibition period. The project takes the past biennale venue of Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, as a site to adapt a disused vehicle pier into the main venue for this short-term exhibition. In the meantime, a series of nomadic pavilions are devised and placed across the area as sub-venues for the public to participate. After the biennale, this project further redevelops the pier into a long-term community laboratory with the materials recycled from the dismantled exhibits. It will function as a node of cultural production, engagement and reception to support the local craftsmen, local cultural groups and other social enterprises around the neighbourhoods. Through this process, the thesis serves as a critique on the display of spectacles and the gentrification agenda observed in the global phenomenon of “biennalization”.
Hong Kong



Elliot Zheng Zhou

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