Spotlight on DawnTown Guest Speaker: Terence Riley

There is a  special announcement for one of this year’s guest speakers:  Terence Riley has been appointed the chief currator for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale’s 2011 edition.  Until last year, Riley had held the position of director for the Miami Art Museum and helped pave the way for the future MAM designed by Herzog & DeMeuron which is set to open in Bicentennial Park in 2012.  We congratulate him on his appointment and are thrilled to have him back involved with DawnTown 2010.

Please read the excerpt taken online from

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture announced in Venice that Terence Riley had been appointed as Chief Curator for its 2011 edition. Riley, an internationally recognized curator and architect who played a key role in overseeing the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and directed the Miami Art Museum, was selected from an international call for proposals. He will be the first international curator for the Biennale, which started in 2005 and will present its fourth edition in 2011.

The Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale is the only architecture biennale that broadens its focus beyond the realm of architecture to consider urbanism and various aspects of growing cities as significant factors for international progress. Shenzhen (a city that was developed as the first special economic zone for the People’s Republic of China in 1980) and Hong Kong are seen as international crossroads and serve as an ideal location for the focus on the dynamics between cities and architecture.

“Appointing Terence Riley as the Chief Curator of our 2011 edition will help bring extraordinary international attention to the Biennale thanks to his curatorial prowess, said the spokesman of the Organizing Committee. Shenzhen is a city that has evolved with lightning speed near Hong Kong and is therefore an incomparable laboratory for architecture and urbanism that attracted Riley to this project. We look forward to working with him and to developing a remarkable international event.”


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