全球唯一“城市\建筑”双年展
THE ONE AND ONLY BIENNALE
OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
BH x SZ

Jay Rajpra, Adam Carthy, Wyan Yeung Li-shung, Serena Tse / UK; Hong Kong, China

杰•拉杰巴,亚当•卡西,杨理崇,谢乐怡 / 英国;中国香港

The investigation focuses on two cities; Birmingham, United Kingdom and Shenzhen, China. The selected buildings are a record of significant buildings, factories, and offices which have established and supported vast communities, affecting the way we experience the city. Monumentalising and celebrating these gives an opportunity to pause and reflect on the provenance of the city as well as the mosaic created by the forces of industry and commerce, to understand a little more the flux of the city, its residents, its culture and its legacy.

As market trends, migration patterns, domestic policy and industrial shifts take place, they leave behind, destroy or re-appropriate the architecture around us to suit. “BH x SZ” is a series of buildings chosen to investigate the relationships between industrial change and the built environment. The investigation focuses on two cities; Birmingham, United Kingdom and Shenzhen, China. On the surface they can be seen as total opposites; in size, population, density and urban fabric but operate within similar thresholds, as feeder cities to adjacent urban metropolis’ with an important but subdued international role.

Visible networks such as transportation, communication along side invisible networks such as finance and economics, social and cultural are all a part of the city and interact with each other to define the city. Physically, these factors are manifested in the architecture and urban environment in which we all work and live – some may become markers or landmarks through distinct differences in scale, character and materiality. Not only can these fragments define our city, but also help to navigate and understand the city as a mosaic of difference rather than a homogenous canvas.

The selected buildings are a record of significant buildings, factories, and offices which have established and supported vast communities, affecting the way we experience the city. Monumentalising and celebrating these gives an opportunity to pause and reflect on the provenance of the city as well as the mosaic created by the forces of industry and commerce, to understand a little more the flux of the city, its residents, its culture and its legacy. 


ARRY is a design collective formed from the collaborations in research and design between Space_Play (U.K.) and Studio MEHH (Hong Kong), led by Jay Rajpra, Adam Cathy, Serena Tse and Wyan Yeung. The team also includes Sheryl Lam, Eric Cheung and Matthew Lo as research assistants, who are doing their master’s degrees in architecture at the University of Edinburgh, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the London School of Architecture respectively.