Patching the City With Lego

Dispatchwork installation in Quito, Ecuador. Photos by Jan Vormann. Children and adults alike have long built fantasy cities out of Lego. But Jan Vormann seems like he’s on a mission to patch all the holes, cracks, and fissures in the walls of the world’s existing cities with the colorful toy bricks. As part of his […]

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Reviving Hong Kong’s Street Markets

For Chow Yuk-yee, Hong Kong’s bustling Central street market is not just a place to make a living, it’s her home. Born just a few blocks away, she has spent her entire life here, first in her family’s fruit shop and now in the flower stall she owns with her husband, Cheung Wai-man, at the […]

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Paddling Home

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/9378626[/vimeo] It’s not hard to see why Kacey Wong‘s “Paddling Home” is one of the most popular installations at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. It’s a houseboat that looks just like a typical Hong Kong apartment, after all, and anyone who lives here can relate to it. Wong has paid particular […]

Shenzhen’s Future: Special Political Zone?

The police have taken over the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. They are rehearsing for an official event to happen later in the day and many of the biennale’s outdoor installations at Shenzhen’s massive Civic Square have been temporarily closed off to the public for the occasion. Ou Ning, the biennale’s curator, […]

Excavating the Present

In the most remote corner of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale‘s West Kowloon site, three architects, Kingsley Ng, Syren Johnstone and Daniel Patzold, are digging up Hong Kong’s heritage from virgin land. The concept: it’s several centuries into the future and an old street market has been discovered, leading to an archaeological race to save […]

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Hong Kong’s Wild West

Last Sunday, Clara Lee and her nine-year-old daughter Hoi-ching were wandering through the craggy grass and gnarly trees that make up the West Kowloon site of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. “It’s big here!” exclaimed Hoi-ching. “I don’t often go to the countryside.” “Actually,” said her mother, “this is not the […]

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Underground Art

[youtube]0JlHOUycXfA[/youtube] Axel Morgenthaler’s “.98.” Video by Matt McLaughlin It becomes obvious as soon as you enter the métro car: this will be no ordinary ride. The usual advertisements and bright orange colour have been replaced by a dark blue, wood-textured film covering the car’s interior walls. Distorted, semi-transparent photos are pasted on the windows. As […]

Turning the Place Over

[youtube]ZXn6PXBOyRY[/youtube] What do you do with an abandoned building? Turn it into art. Such is the case in Liverpool where the British sculptor Richard Wilson has created Turning the Place Over, an ambitious intervention that removes an eight metre chunk of façade from a building in central Liverpool, rotates it and puts it back into […]