Essay: @ Eyes of the City – Shenzhen Biennale

Federico Ruberto’s essay “Latent Cities with Eyes Wide (and) Shut” is part of the 2019 “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture_Shenzhen-Hong Kong”. This year Biennale is titled “Eyes of the City” and its Chief Curator is Prof.Carlo Ratti.

The essay is online on Archdaily (abstract here and reader with different essays here)

The essay is part of the Biennale Catalogue but, together with all the other contributions, its physical copy has been temporarily removed from the Main Venue.

Papers Catalogue from the Curatorial Team

Other Open-call selected Essays by:


_Shaping Soundscapes; Multi Scales design guideline_Santiago Beckdorf

_How can designers and citizens harness the power of real-time Big Data in novel ways to foster planning’s ability to respond to people’s needs?_Rawad Choubassi

_The Greater Bay Area: Integration, differentiation and regenerative ecologies_Thomas Chung

_Port Evolution – Adaption and Growth of the Transit System and Commercial Space: Using the Machine Learning Method of Backpropagation Algorithm_Meizi Li, Xiaolei Cai


_Street Art in the Digital Age: Photos, Documents, Urban Agency_Andrea Baldini

_On the mode of existence of smart urban object_Lukáš Likavčan

_Noourbanographies of the Information Age: Your Real Estate Interior_Hélène Frichot

_There is no city outside the text_Maurizio Ferraris


_Protocological Architectures: Recursive Remembrance_Charles Driesler, Ahmad Tabbakh

_Discrete Automation_Mollie Claypool

_Concealed City_Monica Hutton

_The Deepfake District_Pierce Myers

_Latent Cities with Eyes Wide (and) Shut_Federico Ruberto

_Travels in Wounded Land: Atmospheres of spectacle and activism for resilient urban commons in the age of translocal and transductive territorialisations _Song Mingxing

_The Blinking Eye_Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger

Find out more about the “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture” @ the eyes of the city homepage, @ the biennale foundation, @ e-flux, @ archdaily