全球唯一“城市\建筑”双年展
THE ONE AND ONLY BIENNALE
OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
Massive Change: Centuries of Shenzhen's Transfor

Juan Du / United States, Hong Kong

杜鹃 / 美国,中国香港

The meteoric rise of Shenzhen since 1979 has overshadowed centuries of multifaceted history in the region. Prior to the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, hundreds of thousands of people were working on the productive agrarian landscapes and commercial townships. The rural and urban history of Shenzhen could be vividly traced through the still present urbanized villages distributed throughout this modern city today. Via demonstrating the drastic transformations of 10 "Urban Villages", this exhibit reveals the deeper history of the region and exposes the massive change brought on by unprecedented urbanization. 

The 30 meters-wide sculpted wall mural is a composite landscape of change that juxtaposes presentday satellite images of the 10 villages with their historical geography. Each juxtaposed landscape of a village and its surroundings are annotated through the featured village's timeline, or microhistory. The long history of the Nantou Walled City, one of the 10 featured "Villages", is particularly expanded in the mural as it plays host to this year’s Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale. Through textual, visual and interactive elements, the exhibit reconstructs a non-linear history of Shenzhen that reveals the interplays between history and geography, the city and the villages, past and future. 


Juan Du, associate professor and associate dean (International), and director of Urban Ecologies Design Lab at the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Architecture