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USC Faculty Curate Urbanism and Architecture Exhibition

USC Faculty Curate Urbanism and Architecture Exhibition
The exhibition is curated by USC faculty as part of the Hong Kong & Shenzen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

The interactive multimedia exhibition 6 Under 60 is a collaborative research endeavor organized and presented by leading faculty at the USC School of Architecture, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.

The exhibition, which opened Dec. 8 in Shenzhen, China as part of the 2011 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, will close on Feb. 18.

A major exploration of changing urban life worldwide, the exhibition analyzes six cities that were transformed within the last 60 years: Chandigarh (India), Brasilia (Brazil), Gaborone (Botswana), Almere (Netherlands), Shenzhen (China) and Las Vegas (United States).

The data-rich exhibition investigates the original intentions and goals, catalysts and master plans of these six cities, including the developments that have made these cities what they are today.

What differentiates planned cities from those that develop more organically? What do these cities have in common despite their emergence and growth under differing geographic, political and economic conditions? How do these six cities provide a model for the future of new cities?

6 Under 60 was curated by USC Roski dean Rochelle Steiner in collaboration with Qingyun Ma, dean of the USC School of Architecture; Scott S. Fisher, chair of the Interactive Media Division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; Stefano di Martino, director of the M. Arch program at the USC School of Architecture; and Jennifer Stein, research associate in the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

“Being asked to curate this exhibition presented an opportunity for USC students and faculty to explore emergent cities through the interrelated fields of architecture and urban planning, visual art and design, interactive media and curatorial practice. Developing this project and presenting it in Shenzhen has been a truly interdisciplinary and international collaboration, and a wonderful experience,” Steiner said.

A featured exhibition of the biennale, 6 Under 60 presents an immersive environment with moving images and sounds of each city projected within the space, along with interactive touch tables that invite visitors to explore information about each urban locale, including original planning information and archival documents, historic photographs, and architectural plans and maps.

Visitors also can explore graphically presented empirical data about the population growth, quality of life, industrial growth, cultural vibrancy and economic success of each city. The exhibition invites consideration of the geographic, natural, social, political and economic conditions in each city, as well as how those aspects have affected the image and stature of each city.

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