2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

The Center for Advanced Urbanism participated in the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, in Shenzhen. The CAU's exhibit entitled "Infrastructural Objects as Enablers of Cultural Change", presented a hypothesis in regards to the diffusion of industrial structures into society at large. Through a process of embedding and re-appropriating, buildings instill new values, forms and symbols into an otherwise conformist urban order. The alienation these buildings bring about, as they were not designed with human or cultural use in mind, constitutes a form of liberation from convention, cliché and tradition. This hypothesis therefore suggests that industrial structures have an important role in the emancipation of a society from its own dogmas.

A selection of recent projects by members of the Center for Advanced Urbanism that relate to the post-manufacturing future of artifacts and legacy infrastructures of industrialization; and the way in which these projects diffuse forms that we have learnt and internalized as derived from industrial building typologies were also presented:

• Antón García Abril - ENSAMBLE STUDIO - Reader'sHouse - Madrid, Spain
• Alan M. Berger - P-REX and P-REXlab - Big Box Biofuel - Cambridge, MA
• Alexander D’Hooghe – ORG - Big Box Asse, Belgium - Somerville, MA
• Adèle Naudé Santos - Santos Prescott and Associates - Naudain Street Loft - Somerville, MA
• Nader Tehrani - NADAAA Inc. - Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design - Boston, MA, USA
• Brent D. Ryan - Autopia's End: The Decline and Fall of Detroit's Automotive Manufacturing Landscape - Cambridge, MA

The Biennale opened on 6th December 2013, more details available here