Your Executive Committee has been planning a series of events for 2018 since the end of last year. We already enjoyed the T• Park Building Tour in January, and had a successful Chapter Kick-off Party on February 1st.
We would now like to bring to your attention a number of other exciting programs scheduled for the next few months so you can plan ahead.
Further details of each event or building tour will be sent out as we approach the dates, but we encourage you to mark your schedules now. We will provide further notifications and reminders of these events as soon as possible, and we look forward to your continued support!
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Chapter Office.
The Executive Committee of the 2018 AIA Hong Kong Chapter
AIA Hong Kong invites you to join a HKU lecture – ‘Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment’ by Prof. Frederick R. Steiner. This event will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Knowles Building, KB 730, The University of Hong Kong, and will be moderated by Minjung Maing, AIA.
Frederick Steiner is Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and co-director of the Ian L. McHarg Center. A fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, he has written, edited, or co-edited 18 books, including Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment (UT Press, 2018). He served for 15 years as Dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin.
As dean of the UT School of Architecture, Steiner served on planning committees that addressed the future growth of the city and the university. As he walks readers through the planning processes, Steiner illustrates how large-scale planning requires setting goals and objectives, reading landscapes, determining best uses, designing options, selecting courses for moving forward, taking actions, and adjusting to changes. He also demonstrates that planning is an inherently political, sometimes messy, act, requiring the intelligence and ownership of the affected communities.
AIA Hong Kong is the supporting organisation for this lecture and the event is FREE. AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter at email@example.com by Mar 2, 2018 (Friday). The full lecture is AIA/CES credited with 2LU/HSW.
AIA Hong Kong invites you to join The CUHK Kinoshita Lecture in Architecture 2018 – “Towards Humane Architecture”, by world-renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. The event will be held on 15 March 2018 (Thursday) 5:30pm at Lau Chor Tak Lecture Theatre 1, G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA, was born in Tokyo in 1928, and has studied and taught at the University of Tokyo and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He founded Maki and Associates in 1965, and has since established his international reputation with built projects such as Hillside Terrace, Spiral and Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium in Japan; MIT Media Lab Complex in the US; and Bihar Museum in India, among many others. Maki has received numerous prestigious awards in his long-standing career, most notably the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1993 and the AIA Gold Medal in 2011.
The event is FREE. AIA members can RSVP via the Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org by Mar 1, 2018 (Thursday). The full lecture is AIA/CES credited with 2LU.
Please join us for a building tour of Tai Kwun : Centre for Heritage and Arts
The Central Police Station (Tai Kwun) revitalisation project involved an integrated team of conservation specialists, researchers, architects and other professionals including: Herzog & de Meuron, Purcell and Rocco Design Architects.
The compound is comprised of three declared monuments: the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy and the Victoria Prison.
With a deep respect for authenticity in materials, techniques and design, 16 heritage buildings and several open spaces have been restored for adaptive reuse. Two new buildings have also been added, housing a world-class art gallery space and a 200-seat auditorium. Designed by the internationally renowned architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, the new buildings’ facades draw inspiration from the granite walls surrounding this historic landmark.
What was once a closed-off part of Hong Kong will soon become an open and vibrant new venue for all to enjoy, with international standard facilities to foster the city’s art, leisure and cultural landscape.
AIA Hong Kong invites you to join ‘Think Glocal’ Symposium by 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Hong Kong. It is a symposium to explore branding, design, planning, architecture, culture and business positioning of Hong Kong. Expats and Hong Kongers will exchange their work, live and play experiences on both global and local levels. They will discuss executable actions to make Hong Kong more “Glocal” with both top down and bottom up approaches. Click here for details.
AIA Hong Kong is the co-organiser for this symposium and the event is FREE and open to building/real estate professionals. AIA members please RSVP via the Chapter at email@example.com by Feb 2, 2018 (Friday). The full symposium is AIA/CES credited with 5 LU.
Let’s kick start the month of Valentine and Chinese New Year with the AIA Hong Kong 2018 Kick-off Party on Thursday, February 1, 2018!
As our chapter is launching into its third decade, we would continue our commitment to SERVE our members, to COLLABORATE with our Corporate partners, and to ENGAGE the local communities and other professional organizations, with various events being planned for 2018.
We are delighted to have Raymond Wong, the concert master of Hong Kong new Philharmonia Orchestra who has performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra to perform and celebrate with us!
Please join us for a fun evening and to learn more about this year’s theme and events, but most importantly, to meet new friends and/or to catch up with old pals!
We look forward to have your continue support!
The Executive Committee of 2018 AIA Hong Kong Chapter
Please join us for a building tour of 2017 AIA Hong Kong Citation Award recipient, the T-Park in Tuen Mun. Coach bus has been arranged.
T · PARK is the largest sludge treatment plant in the world with capacity to incinerate 2,000 tons of human waste each day. It reduces the volume of incoming material by 90% . Operated by 110 staff, this facility protects the natural environment by eliminating discharges into the sea – while generating power for 4,000 households and heat for three pools located in the spa next door. A desalination unit is used to meet freshwater requirements, and 1,000 trees were planted nearby as part of a carbon compensation program.
T · PARK occupies a 7 hectare site symbolizing the “journey from waste to energy” and was designed by internationally renowned French architect Claude Vasconi (1940 – 2009) with the Hong Kong Environmental Bureau. The streamlined, wave shape design of the building was inspired by the surrounding sea and hills, and makes the best use of sunlight, natural ventilation and green roofs to minimize energy consumption. The building has been certified as Provisional Platinum by Hong Kong Green Building Council.
As the year is coming to an end, the Chapter has also completed our final 3 programs in 2017 in the month of December. These include: a sold-out building tour to Mount Pavilia, a lecture by New York based award winning architect Dr. Carol Bentel, FAIA, and our Young Architects Group’s sketching workshop with college and primary school students. These activities provide an excellent snapshot to the work of the Chapter this year.
Dec 14 & 15 — Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium seeks to reexamine Pei in the context of the architect’s 100th birthday year as two linked conferences organised by M+ with, respectively, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.
Located on the idyllic eastern shore of the city, the Mount Pavilia complex was commissioned by New World Development as part of a lifestyle concept it calls The Artisanal Movement, which focuses on creativity, craftsmanship and community. The complex covers a site area of around 66,800 square meters. The east side is separated from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology by a mountain range while the west side abuts Tai Po Tsai village. The complex combines low-rise housing with a landscaped sculpture park, a gallery and an on-site restaurant, as well as an organic food store. Each residential unit enjoys good views to the distant harbor, nearby mountains or garden. A sweeping bridge connects the clubhouse buildings to form a gateway to the development, which includes 680 apartments set in 25,000 square meters of landscaping.
The building is comprised of white concrete and brick, with a delicate, perforated block work screen running along the facade of the upper floor. The clubhouse features a combination of flat and wavy glazed facades that face a sunken swimming pool, and contains lounges, game and music rooms, as well as sports courts and a gym. Adjoining it, the gallery space hosts a bar and restaurant on its ground floor, with an organic food market, a cafe and laundry services on the two levels above. The actual gallery is set on its uppermost floor.
Landscaping around the development provides residents with an approximately 400-metre-long hiking trail and 950-metre cycling track, while a play park is designed to cater to a range of age groups, from toddlers to older children. The gardens are intended to double as a space where children can learn about sustainability through hydroponics.