Hong Kong’s density and rapid development often manifests complex relationships with transportation, technology, innovation and navigation via the walkway or the underground, which in turn leaves a vibrant lifestyle in how citizens react with the community – but how has this influenced design development locally and internationally? On 1 March 2019, Design Trust Feature Grant Recipients Benjamin Prosky, Berit Hoff Lavender, Camila Schaulsohn, Barry Bergdoll and Seng Kuan of Center for Architecture (New York) presented a symposium focusing on the innovative design and architectural solutions of Hong Kong. Using Paul Rudolph’s drawings of Hong Kong as a springboard and anchor to these discussions – designers, architects and planners discuss the new social and cultural contexts in Hong Kong that differs to Rudolph’s original visions.
Highlighted speakers included Saskia Sassen (Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University), Mark Lee (Principal and Founding Partner, Johnston Marklee; Chair of the Department of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Angela Y. Pang, (Principal, PangArchitect), Jing Liu (Principal and Co-Founder, SO-IL), Calvin Tsao, (FAIA, Co-Founder, Tsao & McKown Architects), Billie Tsien (AIA, Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners), Tod Williams (FAIA, Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners), Doreen Heng Liu (Principal, NODE; Adjunct Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and more.
About Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture is a leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City, informed by the complexity of the City’s urban fabric and in dialogue with the global community. The Center for Architecture shares a home with the AIA New York Chapter and has the unique advantage of drawing upon the ideas and experiences of practicing architects to produce thought provoking exhibitions, informative public programs, and quality design education experiences for students and families. The Center for Architecture’s aim is to further public knowledge about New York City architecture and architects, foster exchange and collaboration among members of the design, development, building, scholarly, and policy sectors, and inspire new ideas about the role of design in communities by presenting contemporary and practical issues in architecture and urbanism to a general audience.