Preston’s ‘People’s Canopy’ is off to display in Hong Kong

Lancashire Encounter in Preston city centre Ready for the Carnival

Lancashire Encounter in Preston city centre Ready for the Carnival

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From Preston to Hong Kong – giant red canopies which transformed the centre of Preston are to exhibit on the other side of the world.

The People’s Canopy, a unique piece of mobile architecture, was cycled into the city as part of the Lancashire Encounter earlier this year.

The People’s Canopy project was conceived to bridge across locations and cultures and now it connects islands.

James Shen

Read our story and watch the video from the People’s canopy came to Preston here

Now the project is to exhibit at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, which begins tomorrow in Hong Kong.

The People’s Canopy, specially designed for the city of Preston, was the result of a year-long collaboration between In Certain Places at the University of Central Lancashire, and People’s Architecture Office in Beijing.

It took centre stage at the inaugural Lancashire Encounter festival, after appearing at UCLan, in September.

Cycled into the city centre by more than 50 volunteers from the university and accompanied by a procession of cyclists from all over Preston, it was host to artworks, community gatherings, performances, workshops, meetings, interventions and creative activity.

Following the success of the People’s Canopy, the invitation was extended to present the Canopy in Hong Kong this month. The only Biennale of its kind in the world, the theme is “Visions 2050: Lifestyle and the Smart City”.

Canopy designer and architect James Shen said: “We are proud to have the People’s Canopy featured in the 2015/16 Hong Kong Biennale.

“The People’s Canopy project was conceived to bridge across locations and cultures and now it connects islands.”

Professor Charles Quick of In Certain Places at UCLan said:

“This marks a new, important step in this cross-cultural collaboration.”