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1st Quarterly Meeting – Global Institutional Architecture and Local Heritage Sites: The University of Chicago Hong Kong Center

In order to expand on this year’s theme: AIAHK20++, the Chapter’s first Quarterly Meeting will reinforce our role in promoting AIA members’ design and professional practice through an in-depth discussion of the University of Chicago Hong Kong Center project.

The Center, construction on which started in June 2016, is already home to the Chicago Booth Executive MBA Program in Asia. It will eventually host workshops and conferences for scholars from across the academic spectrum as well as the University’s first undergraduate study-abroad program in Hong Kong, and joins the University’s Centers in Delhi, Beijing, London and Paris in bringing together researchers and students for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The design by Bing Thom Architects skilfully weaves the campus into the contours of Mount Davis, touching down only at points of least intrusion. The historic Pok Fu Lam hillside site was originally part of the Jubilee Battery, in the late 1930s and 1940s, then a British Army Royal Engineers’ mess and quarters in the 1950s, and, still later, a detention center. Highlights of the project include adaptive reuse of several key heritage buildings and the design also features an abundance of greenery with panoramic views of Hong Kong Harbor.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with principals of Bing Thom Architects and leaders of both the University of Chicago and Hong Kong’s Antiquities Advisory Board moderated by Philip Liao, AIA, founding partner of Philip Liao & Partners, who is also a founding member of the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.

This event is intended to be a tribute to the celebrated architect Bing Thom, AIA, who passed away last year and who was a friend and long time supporter of our Chapter.

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AIA Hong Kong Mentoring Workshop – Architectural Sketching with Students

Seeing, perceiving, imagining and rendering. Architecture begins with observation, inspiration, a dot and a line, sketches and analysis that become future buildings and future cities. Volunteers from the AIA will join design students from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) as well as local primary school students to mentor and lead a “draw the city” workshop in an exploration of architectural seeing and sketching.

Additional Notes: Outdoor event – dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, we will seek nearby shelter. All participants should bring their own drawing materials.

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour: Macau Tour – City of Dreams

Join AIA Hong Kong for a unique hard hat tour of the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed, fifth hotel tower at Macau’s City of Dreams.

With 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square meters, the latest hotel at City of Dreams houses approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. The design was conceived as a single “sculptural element” with two towers united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure. The effect is that the rectangular outline of the site is extruded as a monolithic block with a series of voids that carve through the centre, merging traditional architectural elements of roof, wall and ceiling to create a sculptural form that defines many of the hotel’s internal public spaces.

AIA Hong Kong Fourth Quarterly Meeting –
Sustainable American Hardwoods
in Health Care Environments

Criswell Davis is a two-time cancer survivor and currently serves on the Patient Advisory Council for a new cancer treatment hospital in Dayton, Ohio.  As a member of this council he brings his vast American hardwood industry experience to the process of creating healing spaces for cancer patients who follow in his footsteps.

In this talk to the AIA Hong Kong Chapter, Criswell will present the historical context of using sustainable American hardwoods in interior design with a focus on the relationship between humans and natural timber finishes in Health Care environments. He will cite the many benefits to patients treated in those spaces and will also discuss “biophilic design” and how sustainable American hardwoods can play a key role in these design applications. <for more photos, please click HERE

 

 

 

 

Second Quarterly Meeting –
TANG AO – Tangible & Intangible By Kris Yao

In this talk, Kris Yao will present his recent works, including Water-Moon Monastery, Eslite Suzhou, New Taipei Museum, and Palace Museum-Southern Branch. Through these projects,he will explain how he employs the meaning of “Tang” and “Ao” in his pursuit of architectural design and artistic conception. For more photos, please click HERE

AIA Hong Kong Advanced Technology Lecture Series: Technology and Material

The rapid pace of technological development over the last few decades has fundamentally altered the ways in which technology affects our lives and our work. The Advanced Technology Lecture is a three-part series focused on innovative uses of technology in the architectural and design professions.  Each event in the series will feature multiple speakers from the local and regional design community who are pushing the boundaries of technology within their research and practice.  The lectures will provide an important insight into how the practice of architecture is being impacted by technological innovation.  The series is a critical platform to exchange ideas and discuss the use of technology in our profession, not to mention a chance to highlight some of the best design talent in the Hong Kong and East Asia region. For more photos, please click HERE

Dani Sustainable Leather:
A perfect balance between tradition and technology

This seminar will explain how leather is manufactured and how different finishing techniques can be applied to differentiate various products used by all of us every day.

We will learn about the steps in the production cycle, when this by-product of the food industry is transformed into the noble material used in furniture, interior design, automobiles, shoes and leather accessories, transportation and consumer electronics.

The seminar will also outline the improvements being made in the tanning industry, where there is a new emphasis on sustainability and satisfying our current needs without compromising what is available for future generations. Among these changes, one of the most important is the production of leather with zero Impact on the environment. For more photos, please click HERE

First Quarterly Meeting –
Reflexive Regionalism by Prof. Li Xiaodong

Li Xiaodong’s architecture combines his explorations of ideas with rational thinking based on inquiries into the concept of space, in the Chinese context. His works are influenced by both their cultural and climatic context and seek to capture the essence of their locations. Li’s designs achieve tranquility and harmony in terms of space, light and structured order. >For more info & photos, please click HERE

*Please click here to view interview with Prof. Li Xiandong by Perspective.

AIA Hong Kong Building Tour –
St. Andrew’s Church Life Centre, Kowloon

St. Andrew’s Church occupies a century-old, heritage-listed site on Nathan Road, in the heart of the commercial district of Kowloon.  The church faced the dilemma of how to expand significantly without disrupting the character of its historic buildings and grounds.  The architect proposed a largely underground building, with natural light received via skylights in a landscaped green roof that restored the original courtyard to the historic church.  Known as the Life Centre, this contemporary addition was completed last year and features an 850-seat auditorium and youth fellowship rooms.  This project received the only AIA Hong Kong Honor Award in Architecture in 2015.

Join AIA Hong Kong for a first-hand account of the design and construction of this challenging project with its architect, Prof. Nelson Chen, who started his firm in Hong Kong thirty years ago and continues to lead his award-winning practice while also now heading the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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