Seeing, perceiving, imagining and rendering. Architecture begins with observation, inspiration, a dot and a line to connect sketches and analyses that become future buildings and future cities. Volunteers from the AIA will join Draw Together @ The Big Draw Hong Kong to mentor and lead a drawing workshop at the Very Hong Kong pavilion for Hong Kong citizens to “draw the city” in an exploration of architectural seeing and sketching. This event is a collaboration with Very Hong Kong, Draw Together @ The Big Draw and the Community Art Network, working with the Cheung Chau Government School and the St. Stephens Society Youth Shelter. Draw Together @ The Big Draw Hong Kong 2013 is for everyone. It will focus on self expression and help to demonstrate the power of observation and drawing.* Both English and Cantonese-speaking volunteers are needed.
CES #350: A Conversation with Criswell Davis, Dana Spessert and Vernacular School Designs by Project Little Dream
The evening will begin with a special presentation by a group of local architecture students working to build sustainable schools in Cambodia using wood, as part of Project Little Dream, winner of a 2013 AIA Hong Kong Citation.
Criswell and Dana will then share several case studies of projects using sustainable American hardwoods. These natural products have always been a popular choice for American and European architects and designers because of the wide variety of species available, and for their environmental credentials. With the export of US hardwoods to Greater China (Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan) expected to reach more than US$1 billion in 2013, and many more applications becoming apparent for both interior and building construction projects worldwide, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is hosting this seminar to educate architects and designers on the use of US hardwoods in sustainable design and to provide a practical demonstration of the lumber grading rules for North American hardwoods.
The event will be held on Dec 1, 2013
“We share, We love, We support” –Tai Long Sai Wan
Friends of Tai Long Sai Wan (FDOTLS) and Save Our Country Parks (SOCP) recommend the “We share, We love, We support” appreciation walk to Tai Long Sai Wan this Sunday. The walk and visit of the beach is recommended in support of the Hong Kong Government and its plan to incorporate Tai Long Sai Wan enclave into Sai Kung East Country Park.
As some of you may know, AIA Hong Kong is a co-presenter for this annual event that will be held this year from 2 – 7 December.
As a co-presenter, AIA Hong Kong members are entitled to a 50% discount for either a 1-day or 3-day pass.
Further, if AIA Hong Kong members purchase at least 20 passes and payment is made before BODW starts, a special price of HK$400* will be offered to those who want to join either of the following sessions:
• 5 December (morning)
Plenary Session with Sou Fujimoto
• 6 December (afternoon)
Session “Design for Asia” (with AIA Hong Kong President William Lim)
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity at Business of Design Week!
*Regular price HK$800
The below article was published in Life of an Architect website, November 13, 2013 and has generated future discussion on the AIA Linked In group.
Feel free to add your views to the discussion.
The Costs Associated with becoming an Architect
The costs associated with becoming a licensed architect are out of control. If you have gone through the process yourself in the last 10 years you know exactly what I mean – it seems like there is a never-ending line of people with their hands out, telling you that you have to pay for every single step along the way – and we all know that there are a lot of steps along the way to becoming a licensed architect.
Contributor: Winnie Ling, AIA
This article was published in World Architecture News.com
MASS Design’s Rwandan Doctor’s Housing claims Buro Happold Effectiveness Award
The time has come to announce the winner of the Buro Happold Effectiveness Award – a competition that celebrates designs which have made a positive impact on society.
The shortlisted entries had demonstrated how their buildings have directly or indirectly benefited their users, the client, the surrounding community and beyond, against one or more of the following criteria: Social, Technological, Environmental, Economic and Productivity. Post-occupancy evaluation survey results and statistics were strongly advantageous.
Our estimable judging panel included Hawkins\Brown Founder Russell Brown, FXFOWLE Managing Partner Guy Geier, Gensler’s Maria Nesdale, Stegmeier Consulting Group Founder Diane Stegmeier and Buro Happold’s Head of Strategic Development Gavin Thompson.
This article was published in the guardian, 18 November 2013.
The resemblance of the Al-Wakrah World Cup stadium to the female genitalia can only be a good thing – sport and vaginas are not always such public bedfellows.
Have you ever heard of the Vagina Building? If you’re not from Chicago, it’s unlikely – but if you are, it’s a precious part of local folklore and a celebrated shape on the skyline. Towering amid the clustered phallic skyscrapers, the Crain Communications Building (its slightly more official name) was completed in 1983 with a prominent vertical slit in the front. Urban legend – for sadly, that is all it is – states that the building was designed by a woman sick to her back teeth of phallic architecture as a big feminist middle finger to the men who had made her live in the shadow of their huge metal penis replacements for decades….
OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SPACE AWARDS 2013
Now accepting votes – voice out for our urban spaces!
Hong Kong Public Space Initiative, Designing Hong Kong and RFP Magazine are proud to announce the joint launch of the Outstanding Public Space Awards 2013 to celebrate the best (and worst) of Hong Kong. The Awards was created in response to calls from the public and urbanists for greater attention to be paid to public space in Hong Kong. With our list of nominations ready, you can now cast your vote by simply “liking” or “commenting” the pictures on our Facebook Page. Final results will be based on public voting results and evaluation by a jury team comprised of professionals from different disciplines.
Go vote now!
The event will be held on Nov 30, 2013 by Hong Kong Indesign.
The Event is a highly unique and immersive boutique event that takes a design trade show out of the traditional confines of an expo hall and into the showrooms in and around the city.
A fresh and forward-looking design concept exclusively for the design community and design lovers, it is already a phenomenal success in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Singapore.
Dear AIA members and friends,
I was just in Cebu for a design conference and fortunately Typhoon Yolanda just missed our hotel. We know this is devastating for the Philippine community and a very talented designer based in Cebu just wrote to me asking for our help in raising funds. His note is below with links to photos of the devastation. The Philippines is extremely important to all of us, many of us could not survive without the hardworking staff and helpers they send us. Many of your colleagues will have family and friends immediately affected by this disaster.
Please give generously; at BUZ Design, we are matching every donation by our staff to encourage them and make the donation go twice as far. I hope my friends at AIA Hong Kong will do something similiar and show our support for our very important neighbor.
J Lee Rofkind, AIA, LEED AP
2013 Chapter Secretary, AIA Hong Kong Chapter