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Carlo Ratti among lead curators of the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

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Carlo Ratti is among the lead curators of the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Image from Laserscape a collaboration between MIT and AMS. (Courtesy MIT and AMS)
Carlo Ratti is among the lead curators of the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Image from Laserscape a collaboration between MIT and AMS. (Courtesy MIT and AMS)

Shenzhen’s Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB) has selected its curators for its next iteration, which will open in the Chinese city in December of 2019. Italian architect Carlo Ratti, Meng Jianmin of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and art critic Fabio Cavallucci will be the show’s chief curators.

A panoply of other names will hold curator titles, including Sun Yimin and Michele Bonino of the South China-Torino Lab, the Science and Human Imagination Center of Southern University of Science and Technology led by Wu Yan, the Politecnico di Milano led by Adalberto del Bo, along with Daniele Belleri, Edoardo Bruno, Chen Qiufan, Manuela Lietti, Wang Kuan, Xu Haohao, and Zhang Li.

The show will focus on smart city and urban surveillance technology, a topic especially relevant in China, where government officials are quickly embracing new technologies for social control.

Ratti’s goal is “to foster a discussion on this new urban condition,” as the architect said in a statement, “so that through examples, visions, and irony we can reflect on what kind of city we really want to build tomorrow.”

The topic is very close to Ratti’s previous work with his firm and with MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, of which he is the director.

While the curators will invite several participants to exhibit their work, Ratti’s office also invited proposals from the public, saying that those interested can submit ideas to uabb2019@carloratti.com.

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