Urban Interactions

Along with the increasingly deepened global spatial connectivity and regional integration, Urban Interactions have become a universal topic of both philosophical significance and innovative value. Urban interactions involve those between cities, between city and people, between city and machines, between people, between people and machines, and between machines. In a sense, the city itself is a gigantic and sophisticated outcome of "systematic interactions". Today, more and more interactive technologies (such as super-highspeed inter-city railway, big data, cloud computing, IoT, and AI recognition technology) have emerged. As a result, we will definitely see more and more "hyper cities," "hyper species" and "hyper society" that are never heard before, from virtual space to daily life, from physical urban interface to organization of human society, and from global productionconsumption system to mega urban agglomeration across region. Yet the constantly evolving new relations, such as city interactions, human-computer interactions, and community interactions, are gradually shaping and forming a new domain that human are about to face in the near future. 

A relation, namely "city-exhibition interaction", is forming between Shenzhen and UABB, and may evolve into an urban development model that allows for unlimited possibilities as Shenzhen needs UABB and vice versa. Everything will be linked and integrated. Spaces and contents may be re-assembled, so may information and knowledge. All of these are to justify that spaces can be productive in the future, so can exhibitions. That's why thecombination of spaces and exhibitions will be, without a doubt, a burst of energy. What will the future be like? Let your imagination run wide: cities will be a super compound, exhibitions will be a status of superposition, and Shenzhen be a super fusion.



The "Eyes of the City" section is jointly curated by Carlo Ratti and the South China - Torino Lab (formed by South China University of Technology and Politecnico di Torino). It aims to investigate how Artificial Intelligence is going to impact architecture as well as people's daily life in the city. Thanks to the most recent advances in digital technologies, deep learning and imaging, we are about to reach an unprecedented scenario. Architectural space is acquiring the full ability to "see", with any room, street or shop in the city being potentially able to autonomously respond to one's presence. The exhibition will collect design hypotheses and suggestions – imaginative, ironic, practical, and visionary – so as to reflect on what kind of digitally-augmented city we want to build tomorrow.

The show explores how the "Eyes of the City"scenario also brings us to a new understanding of issues such as the distinction between private and public space, the relation between creativity and increasing automation, the role of Big Data, and the ways in which technology can be reappropriated by individuals and communities. Following the principle of an "open-source curatorship," Carlo Ratti and the South China-Torino Lab team are involving a group of Foundational Contributors to start a public discussion on the future of the digitally-augmented City. The core exhibition of this section includes projects selected through an international Open Call targeted at three groups of  participants: architects, designers and artists; research centers and universities; writers, philosophers and scholars.



The "Ascending City" section is curated by the team headed by Meng Jianmin and Fabio Cavallucci, bringing together a number of prestige architects, artists, filmmakers, writers and museum advisors, as well as interdisciplinary professionals. Dimensional ascent and descent, concepts in science fiction, were adopted by the curatorial team as a very important methodology. Here, cities are more than the physical facilities of high-rise buildings; their basic forms are ascending to higher dimensions. After this dimensional ascent, cities will become more intelligent, humanistic, inclusive, convenient and reliable.

"Ascending City" consists of 3 sub-sections, "Empowering Citizens in Progressive Cities," "Urban Alchemists" and "Daily Sci-Fi," corresponding to the viewpoints of the city’s users, creators and visionary thinkers respectively. The first perspective is that of ordinary inhabitants, a bottom-up view; the second perspective is a macro-vision of a city, a topdown view; the third perspective tries to integrate the real and virtual worlds so as to maximize the application of advanced technologies.