Hong Kong in Venice – The Venice Biennale in Architecture (2011)

Hong Kong in Venice” is a government sponsored project to bring 13 exhibitions – “Quotidian Architecture” to participate in the Venice Biennale (in architecture). Thirteen groups of exhibitors (teams) comprising architects, designers, photographers and writer/critics participated in the Biennale. Quotidian Architectures invited architects, artists, activists, educators, industrialists and government agencies to re-envision the necessary choices we make every day; what we wear, what we eat, where we live, how we travel, what we learn, and how we relax. These seemingly simple decisions of individual inhabitants collectively contribute to the overall environmental and lasting well-being of a city. “Quotidian Architectures” demonstrates how design can create socially and environmentally responsible architectures through presenting collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects that incorporate six aspects of people’s basic needs: Clothing, Food, Dwelling, Transport, Education and Leisure. Each exhibit’s installation is collaboration between architects and other professions to form cross-disciplinary projects for responsible and sustainable design. This is the first time this has been done by Hong Kong exhibitors and teams selected for this specific purpose.

About Hong Kong in Venice (Venice Biennale in Architecture) Led by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, the Venice Biennale this year’s central theme ‘People Meet in Architecture’ looks into the new values and new lifestyles architecture can offer. In response to the Biennale’s central theme and inspired by the colloquial Chinese phrase for the necessities of daily life – 衣食住行, Hong Kong participation led by a local Chinese curator develops the theme of “Quotidian Architectures” – architecture for everyday living in Hong Kong. Exhibitors comprising architects, designers, photographers and writer/critics are taking part in the Biennale.

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects first participated in the Venice Biennale in 2006. In 2010, the event was sponsored by the Create Smart Initiative of the HKSAR government and Co-commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) and Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA).

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