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
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.
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.
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
Dear members and friends:
Our thanks to those of you who were able to join us!
It was wonderful to welcome a record number of members and friends to the annual AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards Ceremony on November 5, 2013.
Once again, an outstanding panel of jurors recognized members’ work throughout the Asia Pacific Region. The jury – chaired by George Miller, FAIA, and joined by AIA International Director George Kunihiro, FAIA, Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, RIBA, and HKU Prof. Lynne DiStefano, Hon. AIA (HK) – focused on design excellence with respect to both sustainability and urban design. The full list of submissions, jury comments and award-winning projects will be posted on our website.
Saturday, October 19th, started early – the day was to be quite intense with many places to visit and things to see. In fact it was very busy – we saw the Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, the GuangdongMuseum by Rocco Design and Taikoo Hui by Arquitectonica, all of which were explained to a high level of detail.
The staff from Rocco Design presented the Museum’s complicated and elaborate structure which, from the outside, makes the building look quite humble – yet still intriguing. The team members did an excellent job of explaining the essence of the building, which is full of dynamic cut outs, and this made the Museum visit particularly educational.
CES #349 Third Quarterly Presentation: International Forum and Global Practice Presentation with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
There was a large turnout at the Asia Society for a Brunch Reception with George Kunihiro, FAIA, and George Miller, FAIA, on Saturday the 14th of September.
Chapter members, guests and Asia Society attendees were treated to an update about the AIA International Region by George Kunihiro, our current AIA International Director, who described how and why the International Region came into existence and its importance in what is now a global world, with many firms operating, in effect, “24/7” because they are located not only in the United States, but also as far afield as India, China and the Middle East.
CES #347 The Design and Construction of Cultural Buildings – A Conversation with renowned Spanish Architect: Fernando Menis
Guest architect, Fernando Menis, presented his lecture “On the Design and Construction of Cultural Buildings” before a standing room only crowd at the K11 Art Foundation Gallery in Central on September 3, 2013. The renowned Spanish architect, whose practice is based in the Canary Islands, spoke to his process and guiding philosophy, Reason and Emotion, for crafting such visionary and award-winning designs as the MAGMA Artes y Congressos, Plaza de Adeje, and the Jordanek Concert Hall. Attendees were treated to an in-depth view into his creative process, including his exhaustive and masterful exploration of concrete, the material for which he is perhaps most famous.