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Transformative Hong Kong Collateral Event of 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
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Hong Kong – Jointly organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation and Hong Kong Arts Development Council, with The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) as the Partner and Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the Lead Sponsor, the “Transformative Hong Kong” Exhibition will be staged in the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November, 2023. A press conference was held on 5 May, to announce theme and curatorial team of the “Transformative Hong Kong” Exhibition at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

When Hong Kong’s future is being transformed by such mega-projects as The Northern Metropolis and the East Lantau Metropolis, and by such innovations as Modular Integrated Construction (MiC), The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation and Hong Kong Arts Development Council will be revealing these creative visions to the world through their “Transformative Hong Kong” Exhibition, one of the nine Collateral Events of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will share Hong Kong’s transformation with the world, and reveal both a city in a constant state of transformation and where creative design in this city is heading to.

International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is the most prestigious biennale gathering for architecture community around the world. The Organiser of the Hong Kong exhibition, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation, and the Co-organiser Hong Kong Arts Development Council announced today that the Hong Kong Curatorial Team formed by Ar. Sarah Kwok Yan Lee, Professor Hendrik Tieben and Ar. Yutaka Yano, has been appointed for curating the Hong Kong Exhibition. In response to “The Laboratory of the Future”, the overall title defined by Chief Curator of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Lesley Lokko, the Hong Kong curatorial team has developed the “Transformative Hong Kong” Exhibition, consisting of 11 sets of exhibits with interactive mixed media representations and visual essays, snapshots of this transformative moment in our city, to feature the voices of a diverse group of creators who are distinctly Hong Kong in nature, and in vision.

Ar. Benny Chan, President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Partner of the Hong Kong Exhibition said in today’s press conference that, “The International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is one of the most influential events in the world for architects to envision the future of different architectural planning of their countries. We are going to explore the insights into Hong Kong’s transformation in urban planning and architectural design while we preserve local traditions and culture, continuing to innovate under the discussion around the Belt and Road Initiative.”

The “Transformative Hong Kong” Exhibition will be presented in three designated scales – “Territorial Transformations”, “Architectural Transformations” and “Public Space Transformations”, with focused themes on Hong Kong’s relationship with the Mainland, sustainability, climate change, technology and energy/resource management, and how the architectural collaborations and innovations using the city as the “laboratory” to meet the challenges faced by the future generation of Hong Kong.