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HKU Architectural Department: Public Lecture by Juhani Pallasmaa

Lecture Synopsis:

Architectural projects are products of imagination. In addition to a projective imagination, an empathic and embodied imagination is needed to grasp the experiential and emotive qualities of the designed spaces, as well as their resonance with life. The designer place herself in the imagined setting in the role of the future occupant. Read More >


The Missing 32% Project – Repositioning Architecture by Equitable Practice

Survey: Early Findings


Equity in Architecture Survey 2014

The following is a summary of early findings from the Equity in Architecture Survey. We are working on a more comprehensive report that will be based on what was presented at the Equity by Design Symposium on October 18, 2014 in the months to come. While this is a broad overview “road map” of the analysis, there is much left to interpretation and further analysis. Nevertheless, we foresee this body of work as a means to start the conversation about Equity in Architecture. There will inevitably be more questions than answers as you begin to understand the findings and we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, firms, alumni networks, and AIA Chapters.  READ More >

deTour 2014

Conceived in 2004 as a concurrent event of the Business of Design Week, DETOUR has become an annual programme showcasing Hong Kong as an international creative hub and featuring inspiring designs from young and emerging creative talents. DETOUR consists of a series of events and programmes incorporating the most original, bold and stimulating ideas from both Hong Kong and across the globe. It created a knowledge network of young talents, emerging designers/artists, local as well as international, to exchange ideas and experiences. This is designed to engage the larger population and let the entire city come together to celebrate the creative ventures around town.

DETOUR 2014 @ PMQ: The former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters played host to DETOUR 2009 and 2011; so it is most fitting for the newly opened PMQ to host this year’s event; bringing international content onto our premises, mixing them in and interacting with our local design tenants to create opportunities for inspiration, connection and collaboration.

A wide variety of events in the form of creative workshops, design dialogues, installation; gallery week, opening, etc. will take place and open to public participation (free of charge) from November 28th – December 7th.

Theme: Co-creation As an important concurrent event of Business of Design Week, Detour 2014 intends to engage wider participation, including designers at PMQ, overseas and local designers and local community to join force to bring awareness and value to design, arts and culture. Utilizing PMQ as the anchor site, young creative talents are free to express themselves in different forms and medium. Commercial operators in the neighborhood and other communities are encouraged to promote and celebrate creativity in design, arts and culture

Date: November 28, 2014 (Friday)

Venue: The Courtyard, G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

Reception: 5: 30 PM

Ceremony: 6:00 PM

Dress Code:  Casual

RSVP: by email to on or before November 26, 2014 (Wednesday)

AIA Hong Kong – December President’s Message

Dear AIA Hong Kong Members and Friends,

As we come to the end of the year, I want to first and foremost express my gratitude to the AIA Hong Kong Chapter team that have been so committed, giving and wonderful to work with throughout the year.

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AIA Hong Kong – November President’s Message

Dear AIA Members & Friends:

Blessed by our placement in Hong Kong at the cross roads of North, East and South East Asia we are constantly surrounded by the important buzz of the design and planning, socio-economic and political influences of our region.

With that backdrop as design professionals we are positioned in the meaningful role of both designing and advocating for more resilient cities, better performing buildings and creating healthier, more inspiring places. As we all know this requires a certain balance of art and science, creativity and technology- often resulting in astounding and innovative results, especially in the hands of the most inspired designers and creative thinkers of our time.

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HKU Architecture Department: Public Lecture by Nezar AlSayyad

Lecture Synopsis:

Tahrir Square became a household name around the globe during the events of the Arab “spring” in 2011. The events of that year signaled the return of public space to arena of politics. This lecture will look at the spaces of the Arab uprisings and focus on the relationship between their virtual and physical spaces. It is particularly concerned with the spatial and temporal dimensions of these urban revolts with a particular attention to the interwoven relationship between the social media that organizes the political gatherings and communicated political messages; the practices of protest in urban spaces; and the global and national media coverage of these events. Using case studies from several Middle East Countries, with a focus on Egypt, I will show how the symbolism and the architecture of a particular square has allowed for a success of a social movement. I conclude by suggesting that the reciprocal interactions between urban space, social media, and traditional media coverage, does not simply reproduce the relations between these actors, but it also transforms them incrementally.

Date: October 31, 2014 (Friday)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Venue: KB419, Knowles Building HKU

Speaker: Nezar AlSayyad

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