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Humanizing Megascale: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

AIA Hong Kong held its first event this year hosted in partnership with the Asia Society at their Hong Kong Center on February 13, 2014.

Noted architect Moshe Safdie, FAIA, CC, talked about his design philosophy and his impressive portfolio of completed work. He stressed the importance of humanizing the design of housing in large cities, and illustrated this with several projects in China, including one in Chongching, as well as with many of his other projects worldwide.

He is well known here in Asia for his design of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Mr. Safdie first gained fame at the age of 24 when his residential design project, Habitat, won a design competition and was built in Montreal, Canada, in 1967.  He has always stressed that the design of urban spaces should incorporate the natural environment and that mega-cities will soon become unlivable if we don’t humanize them.

AIA Hong Kong would like to acknowledge with grateful thanks the generous support of the BSC Group of Companies for providing key sponsorship for this inspiring event.

AIA members in attendance earned 1.5 LUs.

Contributor: Christine Lampert, AIA, 2014 Chapter Secretary, AIA Hong Kong

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