Urban Border


Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory, UABB.

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China, until 28 February 2014.
UABB is co-organised by the closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Urban Border is premised on the pluralist values of urbanism, with UABB(SZ) at the centre of that global conversation. Globally, rapidly developing cities and a drive for urbanisation have, to a considerable extent, embodied certain kinds of mainstream tendencies and homogeneity: an alternative reading being the disregard or even effacement of urban diversity, difference, and specificity. Sociologically, ‘border’ can imply peripheral spaces of the city, fringe groups, marginal lifestyles; in the context of political science, ‘border’ can refer to how urban public resources are organised and distributed; and in urban geography, ‘border’ can denote the interstices of urban development as well as the interrelatedness between the city and natural ecologies.