Juan Du, with Giulia Foscari, Mary Chan, Margherita Errante, Chad McKee
davidclovers + C.E.B. Reas; Map Office + Sun Hing Industries; Urban Rethink Tank + Craig Au Yeung; Joshua Bolchover, John Lin + HKU CPW + Kadoorie Farm; Hong Kong Housing Authority + Michael Wolf; Ocean.CN + CAD + Rocker-Lange Architects; William Lim + Philip Yung; Adam Frampton, Jonathan Solomon, Clara Wong + Clean Air Network; Rocco Design + HKICC School of Creativity; OMA + Chu Hai College; Urbis + MET Studio + Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust; RAD + Greg Girard; WKCDA + Foster and Partners, OMA, Rocco Design
Hong Kong Pavilion
Inspired by the colloquial Chinese phrase for the necessities of daily life - 衣食住行, ‘Quotidian Architectures’ asks architects, artists, activists, educators, industrialists, and governmental agencies to re-envision the necessary choices we make every day: What we wear, what we eat, where we live, how we travel, what we learn, how we relax. These seemingly simple decisions of individual inhabitants collectively contribute to the overall environment and lasting well-being of a city. ‘Quotidian Architectures’ demonstrates how design can create socially and environmentally responsible architectures through presenting collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects that incorporate six aspects of people’s basic needs: Clothing, Food, Dwelling, Transport, Education and Leisure.
Hong Kong is a complex city where acute physical constraints and diverse social practices have created extreme urban forms and inspired inventive solutions for the basic needs of city life. Projects that investigate and utilize design to engage the urban environment from all levels and aspects of daily life represent the creative fields of Hong Kong in this year’s Biennale di Venezia. For each of the projects on display, architects have worked alongside practitioners of other fields and these partnerships demonstrate the potential and necessity of collaborative design thinking.
‘Quotidian Architectures’ seeks to open international dialogues on current architectural strategies for sustainable urban development. It recognizes the urban environment as a complex eco-system comprised not simply of natural resources, but of social communities, economic networks, and cultural practices. Architecture is not a ‘tree’; architectural design thinking must venture beyond “green” technological applications to include crucial social considerations, cultural identities, and behavior patterns of the residents of the built environment. Designers must be sensitive to recognize the daily rhythms of living to better engage the ecology of the city and hence create responsible architectures.
Presented by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, ‘Quotidian Architectures’ begins with the Venice Biennale 12th International Architecture Exhibition, Hong Kong in Venice, from August 2010 onwards and continues with a Response Exhibition in Hong Kong in 2011, and closes with a Traveling Exhibition across China. The staging forms a continuous and active platform of collaboration and exchange between sustainable development practitioners, architectural professionals, and exhibition visitors in Europe and China. These exhibitions present opportunities to explore and share the contributions that design should bring to those living within the diverse architectures of our city. After all, “people meet in architecture”.