Parametric Pearl River Delta

Parametric Pearl River Delta

Parametric Pearl River Delta
Exhibition: Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale 2009
Curators: Dr. Schuldenfrei, E., Yiu, M.
Venue: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
Dates: 3 December 2009 – 27 February, 2010
Featuring: OCEAN CN Design Project: “Parametric Pearl River Delta PPRD”,  Commissioned Research Project, HK-SZ Biennale09, including UGC Funded Research (Seed Grant No. 200905159014)
OCEAN.CN, in collaboration with Crystal CG and LaN
Sponsored by Crystal CG, E-Grow, Phoenix Multimedia, Innovative Creative
Participants:    83 Exhibitors, from 23 different countries


  • Dr. Schuldenfrei, E., Yiu, M., (2009). Biennale Blueprint: A Catalogue in Progress. (Dr. Schuldenfrei, E., Yiu, M., Eds.). Hong Kong: Icycle Group. pp. 36.
  • Dr. Schuldenfrei, E., Yiu, M., (2010). Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process. (Dr. Schuldenfrei, E., Yiu, M., Eds.). Hong Kong: MCCM Creations. pp. 310.


The rapid urbanization of the Pearl River Delta has been shaped by top-down planning along with profit-driven architectural production, often resulting in cacophonous collages of homogenous and generic buildings. OCEAN CN’s agenda challenges urbanism formed from featureless, non-specific, bland – and most worryingly, disposable architecture. For the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale 2009, OCEAN CN had documented sets of urban and architectural information related to one city from all nine prefectures of Guangdong province, as well as the two Special Administrative Regions (SAR), Hong Kong and Macau. The spatial attributes of these 11 cities were embedded into a series of coded computational models, as well as an interface for visitors to this exhibition to “design their own city”.



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