The First Traveling Dialogue of 2019 UABB : UABB @ Milano | Towards the City of the Future


The theme of 2019 UABB (Shenzhen) (Hereafter referred to as "UABB")is "Urban Interactions". The team of Chief Curators includes Architect and Director of MIT Senseable City Lab Carlo Ratti, CAE Academician Meng Jianmin and famous curator and art critic Fabio Cavallucci. The exhibition consists of two sections, namely "Eyes of the City" and "Ascending City", which will explore the evolving relationship between urban space and technological innovation from different perspectives. The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Futian Railway Station and the surrounding areas, the Main Venue, in Shenzhen in December 2019. At the same time, 9 sub-venues will be set up in other districts of the city to interconnect with the Main Venue, completing an organically interactive network throughout the city.

On May 26, UABB will co-organize a promotional event with the Triennale di Milano: UABB@ Milano | Towards the City of the Future. This is the first of a series of traveling dialogues conceived to get a better understanding of the 8th edition of UABB, and it is also part of Milan’s 2019 Arch Week. Curators of the two sections will attend the talk to explore the topics of the Biennale - the links between architecture, technological development and society. Shenzhen, where the Biennale takes place, is a protagonist of the greatest development the world has witnessed in the past forty years, and likely for decades to come. It is not by chance that the Chinese government is betting on a further boost in the Great Bay Area, after having built the longest bridge in the world between Hong Kong and Macao, transforming the gulf into a single large conurbation. It is in Shenzhen, moreover, that the great innovations of the next waves in technology are studied, from self-driving cars to facial recognition systems, from 5G to artificial intelligence. It is therefore a natural choice that Shenzhen through this Biennial ask questions about the future, about what will actually change in our life when we enter a completely automated world, and how we will be able to maintain control over technological development, as active citizens, not just passive users.

It is under these vibrant economic and technological circumstances that the two curatorial projects that are presented on this occasion were born. “Eyes of the City” with a team led by Carlo Ratti and the South China-Torino lab (Politecnico di Torino and SCUT), will analyze the epochal changes taking place in our cities, where even buildings, streets, shops and homes acquire the ability to “see," equipped with control and response systems, so that the city space becomes an active space for the first time. The project is developed through an open call to architects and designers, technology experts, researchers and theorists, whose deadline is set for May 31 (www.eyesofthecity.net). “Ascending City” whose curatorial team encompasses a diverse range of professions beyond architects, adopts a more "humanistic" approach, verifying the presumed effects of the technological development of the cities, first and foremost in the behavior of its inhabitants, through various cultural spheres.


 Towards the City of the Future 

May 26, Sunday, 11:30 – 13:00 

2019 Milano Arch Week 

Triennale Milano, Salone d'Onore

Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20111 Milano MI

The event will be in Italian. Admission is free. 



  Daniele Belleri

 2019 UABB Executive Curator 

Daniele Belleri is a Partner at CRA design and innovation practice in charge of managing all curatorial, editorial and communication projects of the office, contributing to an ongoing investigation on the impact of digital technologies on the built environment and society at large. Before joining CRA, he ran a London-based strategic design agency, advising cultural organizations in Europe and Asia, and spent a period as a researcher at Moscow's Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.  A journalist by background, he has written extensively on design, technology and urban issues on international publications, including Wired Italy, Wired UK, Domus, Volume, CoBo Social and IL Magazine.

Edoardo Bruno

2019 UABB Executive Curator 

Edoardo Bruno is an architect who earned a PhD from the Politecnico di Torino in 2018 in Architecture, History and Project, with a dissertation on the Guangzhou southern urban extension. From 2015 he has been responsible for the activities of the South China – Torino Collaboration Lab, a joint research center between the South China University of Technology and thePolitecnico di Torino. He was among the curators of the Italian Pavilion realized during the 2018 Shenzhen Design Week as well as a project architect for the transformation of the Oxygen Factory within the Big Air Venue for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, Shougang - Beijing 2022. He is currently Research Assistant at the Politecnico di Torino and a member of the China Room research team. Since 2009 he is among the founders of the Italian design firm 2MIX.

Fabio Cavallucci

 2019 UABB Chief Curator of "Ascending City" Section 

Fabio Cavallucci is one of the most important contemporary art critics and curators. He is based in Milan, Italy. From 2001 to 2008, he directed the Galleria Civica of Contemporary Art of Trento. He coordinated Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art (2008); he directed the 14th edition of the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2010) and the Polish-Ukrainian section of the 1st Biennale of Kyiv (2012). From 2010 to 2014, he oversaw the Contemporary Art Centre of Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw); he directed the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato from 2014 to 2017, that he re-opened with the large exhibition The End of the World after the realization of an extension in 2016. He worked with many of the most important international artists and architects. Among them Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul McCarthy, Mario Merz, Zaha Hadid.

Adalberto Del Bo

 2019 UABB GBA Academy Curator 

Adalberto Del Bohas a degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and has taught in Pescara, Venice and Milano, where he is currently full Professor in Architectural and Urban Composition,teaching Architectural and Urban Design at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, for which he has alsoserved as DeputyDean.A member of the Politecnico di Milano Administrative Board in the ’90s, he has also been a board member of the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano and a delegate for South-Central Asia relationships. From 2014 to 2017 he wasVice-President of the EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education).Adalberto Del Bo has lectured in many countries and has contributed tonumerous public buildings, architectural projects and studies on theoretical and practical aspects of architectural and urban design, issues on which he has also organized exhibitions and chaired international conferences.

 Meng Jianmin

 2019 UABB Chief Curator  of "Ascending City" Section 

Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese Architectural Design Master, Chief Architect  of Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd. Graduated from the Southeast University with a Ph.D. degree, he is also Distinguished Professor of Shenzhen University, Distinguished Professor of City University of Macau, and Vice Chairman of the Architectural Society of China (ASC). Meng Jianmin is one of the representative figures of architectural creation in China since the Reform and Opening-up. He has long been engaged in architectural design and theoretical research. He has presided hundreds of projects, won over 80 awards, and summed up the "Primitive (Benyuan) Design" theory. His publications include Primitive (Benyuan) Design, Implementation of Innovative Healthcare Design, Zero Gravity and many other works. He has a unique perspective on urban macro research, and was an early pioneer to advocate and explore smart city\architecture in China, with a series of research and practical achievements. He published Singular Architecture, Thoughts and Practice on Pan-architecture as well as many professional articles , and also led the key national project "New Methods and Tools of Goal and Effect Oriented Green Building Design."

Carlo Ratti

  2019 UABB Chief Curator of "Eyes of the City" Section 

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.


"Ascending City" interprets the evolution of technologies in the city through different means, including the methodology of science fiction and that of sustainable, green architecture. So the special guests of this talk are Tullio Avoledo and Anastasia Kucherova.

 Tullio Avoledo

Born in 1957, a law school graduate and business lawyer for an international banking group, Tullio Avoledo made his debut in literature in 2003 with The Atlantis Telephone Directory (winner of the Montblanc Prize for best debutant), the best-selling novel that hybridized science fiction and mythology with a fierce satire of the banking world and Italian society at the time of the ephemeral triumph of the web economy. the best-selling novel that including the methodology of science fiction and sustainability with a fierce satire of the banking world and Italian society at the time of the ephemeral triumph of the web economy. Bering Sea, The State of the Union, Three Are the Mysterious Things (Super Grinzane 2006 Award), etc. In October 2018, Avoledo published the novel Furland® with publisher Chiarelettere, a thriller set in a dystopian future. He has written two novels published in Italy by Multiplayer (The Roots of Heaven and The Crusade of Children) set in the "Metro 2033 Universe." Some of his books have been translated into English, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish and Hungarian. He collaborates with the Corriere della Sera with articles on scientific topics, especially related to the exploration of space and the development of Artificial Intelligence.

Anastasia Kucherova

Anastasia Kucherova graduated from the Department of Environmental Design of the Stroganov University of Arts and Industry in Moscow and received her Master diploma in Interior Design at IED in 2012. At the end of her studies she started collaborating with Stefano Boeri Architetti, where she’s responsible for Special projects and exhibitions, following them from negotiation and conceptual design to project communication and collaboration with media. Her recent realizations include the scenic project for “The Trojan” women by Euripides at the Greek Theater of Syracuse and a series of itinerant exhibitions that dedicated to the know-how of the studio in Urban forestry, on display in New York, St. Louis, Lyon and Milan. Previously she worked on the Third Industrial Revolution Plan proposed by Jeremy Rifkin for the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region in France, and several interior design projects such as Aeroexpress railway stations in Moscow. Since 2016 she has been the guest speaker of some national and international conferences in Italy and abroad, such as CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat), Batifrais and Topscape events.


 Manuela Lietti

 2019 UABB Executive Curator 

Manuela Lietti is an Italian independent art critic and curator specialized in contemporary Asian art. In 2003, she graduated from the department of Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, having written her bachelors’ thesis on contemporary Chinese art. In 2007, she obtained her master’s degree in History of Chinese Art and Art Criticism from the Academy of Art and Design of Tsinghua University. Since 2003, Manuela has been active as a curator, critic, and coordinator in the field of gallery and museum exhibitions as well as public art projects, in China and abroad. she has worked with various institutions, including The Venice Biennale, The Israel Museum, CAFA Art Museum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Carrara Sculpture Biennale, The Chinese Ministry of Culture, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, The Italian Pavilion at the 2009 Shanghai Expo, Massimo De Carlo gallery and Galleria Continua. She is a correspondent for the art magazine Arte e Critica (Art and Criticism) and contributes to a number of other art publications included Frieze, Flash Art, Artforum, artforum.com.cn, Vision and artron.net. She currently lives and works in Beijing, China. 


  Triennale Milano, Salone d'Onore 

The Trienniale di Milano was designed by Giovanni Muzio (1893-1982), one of Italy's most important architects of the 20th century. It was specially designed for the Triennial of Modern Decoration and Industrial Art. It not only displays contemporary fashion trends, but also traces and reflects on the history of Italian and international art and design. It is the best place to combine the academic, artistic and commercial aspects of these contemporary languages.

* Copy the link www.triennale.org for more information about the Trienniale di Milano


Milano Arch Week is a week of lectures, conversations, workshops, and itineraries on the main challenges of contemporary urban transformations.

Milano Arch Week explores the future of architecture and cities through a polyphony of voices: architects, urban planners, landscape designers, scientists, philosophers, artists, and curators from all over the world.

Milano Arch Week 2019 explores the relationship between Anthropocene and Architecture within and across the urban contexts worldwide. Milano Arch Week 2019 will investigate cities and architecture as systems of flows; cities and architecture as integrated systems of artifice and nature; cities and architecture as places shaped by a contemporary plurality of subjects, individuals, trajectories; cities and architecture as places where the human species has the opportunity to reverse the disastrous effects of climate change.

* Copy the link www.milanoarchweek.eu  for more information about the Milano Arch Week


Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is the first biennial exhibition in the world that is based exclusively on the set themes of URBANISM AND URBANIZATION. Co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages in international and avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest.

2019 UABB  


Theme: Urban Interactions


Main Venue: Futian Railway Station and surrounding area


Time: December, 2019 - March, 2020 (TBD)


Sub-Venues: Sha Tau Kok Bonded Zone of Yantian District, Longwangmiao Industrial Zone of Bao’an District, Bao’an International Art Design Center, Software Town of Shenzhen Universiade of Longgang District, the historical Guanlan Market of Longhua District, Shangwei Art Village of Longhua District, Guangming Cloud Valley, Dapeng Fortress and Qianhai free trade zone


Shenzhen Municipal People's Government 

Executive Organizer:

Shenzhen Public Art Center

Chief Curators: Carlo Ratti, Meng Jianmin, Fabio Cavallucci


Academic Curator: South China-Torino Lab (SCUT - Sun Yimin, Politecnico di Torino - Michele Bonino)


Co-Curator: Science and Human Imagination Center of Southern University of Science and Technology (Wu Yan)


Executive Curators: Daniele Belleri [CRA], Edoardo Bruno, Chen Qiufan, Manuela Lietti, Wang Kuan, Xu Haohao, Zhang Li


Curator of GBA Academy: Politecnico di Milano (Adalberto Del Bo)

■ Eyes of the City Section

Chief Curator: Carlo Ratti

Academic Curator: South China - Torino Lab (SCUT - Sun Yimin, Politecnico di Torino - Michele Bonino)

Executive Curators: Daniele Belleri [CRA], Edoardo Bruno, Xu Haohao


Curator of GBA Academy: Politecnico di Milano (Adalberto Del Bo)

■ Ascending City Section

Chief Curators: Meng Jianmin, Fabio Cavallucci

Co-Curator: Science and Human Imagination Center of Southern University of Science and Technology (Wu Yan)

Executive Curators: Chen Qiufan, Manuela Lietti, Wang Kuan, Zhang Li