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The new AIA Hong Kong Chapter Office

The AIA Hong Kong Chapter will soon be relocating to a new office space at the former Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Hollywood Road at Aberdeen Street. This iconic 1950s building has been designated by the Hong Kong Government to be a new hub for creative industries and mandated to promote the best of Hong Kong design and innovation.  We are very pleased that we will soon become a part of this artistic community which is centrally located and will allow us to be more visible, publicly accessible and therefore better serve our members. Read more

AIA Hong Kong –
March President’s Message

Dear AIA Members and Friends:

I hope everyone enjoyed their Chinese New Year break. It was certainly a wonderful holiday filled as ever, with the festivities of this marvelous season.

Last month, at our First Quarterly event of the year in February, we had the pleasure of co-hosting, with Asia Society Hong Kong, a fabulous lecture entitled “Humanizing Mega-scale” by the renowned international architect and educator, Moshe Safdie FAIA, CC. More than 200 participants joined us in what really was a memorable and inspiring evening.

Then just last week we enjoyed a fun musical, social and educational event staged at the Essess Showroom, featuring Kenneth Yun and BETRUE, who provided both the sound system and a delightful explanation about the modern recording techniques that made the Jazz and orchestral music we had the pleasure of listening to seem so “ three-dimensional.”
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CES #362 Advanced Materials Tripartite Series: MATERIALS OF THE FUTURE
Graphene & Smart Concrete

The 13th March lecture at the BAGNO Showroom in Wanchai was the inaugural event in the Advanced Materials Tripartite Series being featured by AIA Hong Kong this year.

During the first part of the lecture, Dr. Toby Gill and Dr. Feng Yan introduced the audience to graphene, a material that is often referred as a “miracle material”. Graphene is lighter than steel but 200 times stronger. At the same time, it offers excellent thermal and electrical conducting properties, and has the potential for use in star-wars-like architecture and urban design. With its enormous strength alone, it may revolutionize our built environment – much like concrete did for the Roman Empire and steel did during the Industrial Revolution.

In the second part of the lecture, Dr. Kai Tai Wan explained the use of integral optical fibre sensors that can monitor deformations in a complex structure. When asked about his findings from practical use of the sensors, Dr. Wan shared some very interesting discoveries. On one occasion, sensors installed on the Guangzhou Broadcasting Tower actually detected a nearby earthquake instead of irregular performance in the structure; in another example, at a conventional public housing estate in Singapore, the sensors were able to alert the authorities to early deformation in the structure of the building due to improper construction.

The evening ended with several The University of Hong Kong students sharing their studio projects, each of which incorporated advanced energy-harvesting technologies in their designs.

Overall, it was a fascinating, if quite scholarly, lecture but one that inspired many of us to ponder how we can effect positive changes to the built environment using the state-of-the-art materials and technologies presented.

With grateful thanks to our Corporate Affiliate Member, VSC, and to our Venue Sponsor, BAGNODESIGN, for providing the venue for the evening, as well as some excellent cheese and other snacks, and fine wines.

AIA members in attendance earned 1.5 LUs/HSW/SD

Contributor: Kam Ng, AIA




JAZZ – Recording and reproduction of this unique music

AIA Hong Kong events are definitely not ‘all work and no play.’

On Thursday, the 27th of February, Kenneth Yun of Betrue, along with his daughter, Victoria, turned the Essess Showroom in Central into a veritable auditorium and brought us an enjoyable evening of music appreciation and recording techniques in the process.

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ZAHA HADID Design Across Scales and Continents

Dear AIA Hong Kong Chapter Members,

Tickets are now on sale for Zaha Hadid’s talk on Design across Scales and Continents at Cityline.

Date: 19 March, 2014
Venue: Hong Kong PolyU Main Campus, HungHom
Time: 5 PM
Ticket Price: A$200 (Marked Seat) ; B$150 (Free Seating)

For further information, please click here

SCAD Hong Kong Open Studio – February 20, 2014

Open Studio is SCAD Hong Kong’s showcase of student works from the Department of Fine Arts. Works by current and former SCAD students will be for sale and both professors and students will be present to answer questions about the student works and the Department of Fine Arts.

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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.

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AIA Hong Kong –
February President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends:

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Chinese New Year blessed with happiness and health, and filled with great design ideas and golden moments.

Last month we kicked off 2014 with our first event at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place.  About 60 participants were treated to a detailed and insightful tour of the exhibition “Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection” by Mr. Aric Chan and Ms. Shirley Surya (Curator and Assistant Curator, respectively, of Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture). Following the exhibition tour the group gathered nearby for a reception and discussion about how greatly the future M+ and its surrounding West Kowloon Arts and Cultural District will benefit Hong Kong. It was especially pleasant to meet a number of new faces amongst the group, some of whom were attending their first event with AIA Hong Kong.

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Arts Pavilion – An exhibition and event space

Winning design to be completed in 2015

First Prize Winning Design: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung

The winning pavilion is designed to offer a respite from hectic city life, and impressed the judges with a smart simplistic approach, which allows the Pavilion to blend into its surroundings. Mirrored external walls camouflage the architecture, reflecting the surrounding expanses of greenery and immersing the building within its Park setting. To further this experience, the pavilion’s main exhibition space is elevated, allowing it to float above the foliage, creating the opportunity for artwork to be appreciated against a backdrop of the Hong Kong Island skyline with spectacular views out over Victoria Harbour. The building is designed to be surrounded by natural light, away from noise.  Inside, gallery spaces are created by polished concrete floors and white walls – a flexible backdrop for multidisciplinary art exhibitions and performances.

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Fall Poolside BBQ Party

A wonderful evening was shared by all at the pool side of Dr. Ronald Lu, FAIA, and his wife Stella.   Ron graciously opened up his home for AIA and AIA Associate Members to enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ.  He also donated the wines and other beverages for the event.  Our Guest of Honor, visiting from Texas, was Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, Vice President / President-elect 2015 for AIA National.  Elizabeth will be the first Hong Kong-born president of the AIA.  She was accompanied by her daughter Elissa Richter, AIA, and her sister, Anna Chu.  The evening was very relaxed and provided an excellent opportunity for old and new members to meet and catch up with each other in a casual setting.


Our thanks to the Lu family and to Kim Wang for organizing this very pleasant evening.

Contributor: J Lee Rofkind, AIA

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