Archinect - News 2017-08-20T04:12:14-04:00 Aric Chen of M+ receives top Design Curator Award at the inaugural Design Prize in Milan Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-03T15:59:00-04:00 >2017-07-05T13:46:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Launched this year, The Design Prize is an annual awards program, organised by the media outlets designboom and Abitare under the auspices of the City of Milan.<br></p> <p>Aric Chen, a lead curator for Design and Architecture at one of the world's largest&nbsp;visual art museum, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M+</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a>&nbsp;has been named the winner in the Design Curator and Design Critic category.&nbsp;Since joining M+ in 2012, Chen has led the museum&rsquo;s efforts in building its design and architecture collection, which currently includes approximately 3,000 works out of a total of more than 6,000. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The museum building</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>, is scheduled to open in 2019.&nbsp;</p> Hong Kong death-trap apartments photographed by Benny Lam Julia Ingalls 2017-06-08T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T12:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong&rsquo;s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From a stove-adjacent toilet to walls crammed with knives, scissors, and precariously stacked storage cases, Benny Lam's photographs of illegally subdivided apartments in Hong Kong are like a gorgeously illustrated case study in how major disease epidemics get started. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Guardian article</a> is a showcase of Lam's Prix Pictect 2017&nbsp;shortlisted&nbsp;photographs; the video below is a literal page-turner of Lam's book, "TRAPPED," documenting the Hong Kong apartments:</p> Hong Kong, Grounded Places Journal 2017-05-02T18:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T18:44:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even in this relentlessly vertical city, famous for walkways that feel like aerial labyrinths, you can&rsquo;t levitate forever. Where the mountain rises up faster than the towers, you bump into a hillside and come back to earth. In Hong Kong, the ground is everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The terrain that weaves between streets, through public spaces, and beneath buildings in Hong Kong reminds observers of the tenuous relation between the city and its geology. Karl Kullmann photographs these zones of contact between the multilevel metropolis and the mountain, reflecting on the city's genuine landscape infrastructure and the urban experiences that it grounds.</p> Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes Julia Ingalls 2017-03-30T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T19:05:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Have you ever realized that Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in them? They're called dragon gates, and according to the Chinese principle feng shui these holes allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the water each day. It's believed that blocking the dragon's path could bring misfortune. Buildings with bad feng shui, such as the Bank of China Tower, have been blamed for surrounding companies going out of business.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Double-paned, waterproofed windows for insulation? Check. Reinforced steel beams for stability during an earthquake? Check. Hole in the center of the building so dragons can fly through?&nbsp;</p> Stefan Al on why the shopping mall isn't dying Justine Testado 2017-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2017-04-01T13:41:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p> is not the mall that is declining, but suburbia. The mall, meanwhile, is becoming urban. In fact, a new breed of shopping centre is integrating so seamlessly into its urban surroundings that it can be difficult to draw any line between city and mall whatsoever. On both sides of the Pacific, the mall is not &ldquo;dead&rdquo;. It has simply transformed...[but] &ldquo;While the idea of the shopping mall becoming &lsquo;urban&rsquo; has a certain appeal, the net effect is to turn the city into a shopping mall.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Stefan Al, author of <em>Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption</em>, writes about how shopping malls&nbsp;in places such as New York, Melbourne, and Hong Kong&nbsp;are&nbsp;increasingly blending into the cities themselves &mdash; transforming into &ldquo;a new breed of shopping centre&rdquo;, Al writes.</p> Zaha Hadid's seminal artwork makes its Hong Kong debut Justine Testado 2017-03-17T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-03-20T01:27:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ceaseless experimentation was the root of Zaha Hadid's architectural practice, as depicted in her early drawings and paintings. The Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design teamed up to showcase Hadid's artistic prowess in the exhibition, &ldquo;Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation&rdquo;, which opened today at the ArtisTree gallery in Hong Kong.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Presenting Zaha Hadid's artwork in&nbsp;Hong Kong for the first time, the&nbsp;exhibition&nbsp;shows her&nbsp;paintings, calligraphic drawings, and rarely seen private sketch notebooks, along with VR experiences and screenings of archival footage.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Hafenstrasse Development; Hafenstrasse Development, Hamburg, Germany, 1989; &copy; Zaha Hadid Foundation.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Concept Painting, Cardiff Bay Opera House, Wales, UK, 1994-1996; &copy; Zaha Hadid Foundation.</em></p><p>Head over to Bustler for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more</a> about the exhibition.</p> In Hong Kong, a housing shortage is leading people to live in 25 sq. ft. "space capsule pods" Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T14:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T14:09:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hong Kong is a crowded city. According to census figures reported by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz</a>, 57,100 households live in spaces between 75 and 140 sq ft. And, for the most part, the conditions of these tiny homes aren&rsquo;t exactly great. Enter Sandy Wong, the inventor of a &ldquo;space capsule pod&rdquo;, a 25 sq. ft., ventilated, room rents for about $400-650 per month.</p><p>Space capsule-type dwellings aren&rsquo;t exactly new. In Japan, for example, capsule hotels have been around for ages. These ones are pretty nice&mdash;they come replete with a computer, a TV, a bed, and a fire extinguisher. Residents share a kitchen and bathroom, which is already a norm in Hong Kong.</p><p>And, apparently, they&rsquo;re a hit. Wong reports renting out the first ten capsules in a mere 15 days. Now he plans to build 1,000 more.</p> Sick of the white cube? This Hong Kong gallery is going all black Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-13T12:42:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:22-05:00 <img src="" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Empty Gallery] is entirely black&mdash;black walls, black floors, black fittings. When you first enter, it is completely, utterly dark. It is only when you reach the first of the main art spaces that dim lighting illuminates the works on display. &ldquo;Hong Kong is so fast; the language of advertising is so strong and loud and intense. We&rsquo;re amped up all the time... It helps you give art a chance to communicate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood</a></li><li><a title="New Kulapat Yantrasast-designed Gagosian Gallery to open in San Francisco" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Kulapat Yantrasast-designed Gagosian Gallery to open in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="SANAA chosen to design NSW Art Gallery expansion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA chosen to design NSW Art Gallery expansion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prepare to soon spot the blackest of black materials in architecture</a></li></ul> Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence Julia Ingalls 2016-10-28T00:05:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:00:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly, Zaha Hadid Architects' 15-storey, 15,000 square meter Jockey Club International Tower has raced ahead of all other structural competition, winning RIBA's award for International Excellence. Here, the ever observant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a> shows us why:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And for good measure, here's a video tour:</p> Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:04:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The region where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea has seen some of the most rapid urban expansion in human history over the past few decades &ndash; transforming what was mostly agricultural land in 1979 into what is the manufacturing heartland of a global economic superpower today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Shenzen (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Shenzen (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Macau (1991)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Macau (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (1949)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some related content:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li></ul> Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T12:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T01:11:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Architectural Guide China</em>&nbsp;is a unique travel guidebook that presents up-to-date insight into the rich architectural histories in Eastern China's megacities, which continue to create widespread impact through rapid urbanization, population growth, and the consequential effects on the natural environment.</p><p>In this volume of <em>Architectural Guide</em>, authors&nbsp;Evan Chakroff, Addison Godel, and Jacqueline Gargus give an architectural overview of nine major urban sites in mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau. If you're planning a trip to any of those places, this book can definitely come in handy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOM-publishers</a>, Archinect is giving away Architectural Guide China to three of our readers!</p><p>Read on for more about the book, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The 'Reform and Opening' era affected these metropolises in different ways and has influenced the existing structures of dynastic capitals, trade centers, former European colonies and discovery areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The volume contains 620...</p> Dense, Denser, Hong Kong: Alex Nimmo captures the patterns of a crowded metropolis Alexander Walter 2015-08-13T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:48:40-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. To accommodate a rapidly growing number of inhabitants in a limited area of land, the emphasis is on space efficiency &ndash; which often translates into extremes of verticality and compact living. Alex Nimmo grew up in the English countryside but moved to Hong Kong three years ago. The contrast, as you might imagine, was sharp.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Bel Air</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Sheung Wan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Quarry Bay</p><p><em>All images by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@alexnimmo</a> on Instagram.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong tops Bloomberg's list of "Most Crowded Cities" by 2025</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asia&rsquo;s richest man is building Hong Kong apartments barely bigger than a prison cell</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Horizon 2nd Edition: Romain Jacquet-Lagreze's cityscapes of Hong Kong</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: The University of Hong Kong, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-13T19:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-13T19:36:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from The University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Unless noted**, lectures take place at 6:30 in Room 419, Knowles Building. Free + open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 13</em><br><strong>Huang Sheng-Yuan</strong> / Principal, Fieldoffice Architects<br>"Living in Place and Time"</p><p><em>Feb 27</em><br><strong>Iain Borden</strong> / Professor, Architecture and Urban Culture, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL<br>"Moving Through The Public Realm: From Automobile Driving To Skateboarding"</p><p><em>Mar 6</em>: 6:30 pm - 8 pm&nbsp;<br><em>Mar 7:</em>&nbsp; 9 am - 6 pm<br><strong>Speculative City S...</strong></p> MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T14:59:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="615" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 in Hong Kong wins World Interior of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-10-03T19:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T19:31:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Joyce Wang Studio's MOTT32, an underground bank vault-turned-restaurant in Hong Kong, scooped up the World Interior of the Year 2014 award today at the Marina Bay Sands. The "super jury" of the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors competition nominated 60 interior design projects worldwide, which were then narrowed down to nine category winners. When deciding upon the World Interior of the Year out of the category winners, the jury unanimously decided on MOTT32.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 10-person team of Joyce Wang Studio explored Hong Kong culture's past and present in transforming the former storage facility, which housed expensive family heirlooms for wealthy Chinese immigrants, into the MOTT32 restaurant. The dining space has remnants of forgotten heirlooms, Chinese propaganda, and industrial accents that double as furniture and light fittings.</p><p>Learn more about the project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors 2014 reveals first five category winners</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Second set of winners announced for INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors 2014</a></p> Hong Kong tops Bloomberg's list of "Most Crowded Cities" by 2025 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-25T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:58:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg </em>published their predictions for the top forty most densely populated cities</a> by 2025, with current #1 Hong Kong keeping the top spot, at nearly twice the projected density of #2, Salvador, Brazil. Hong Kong's population growth is predicted to grow by 32.8%, while Salvador's is nearly triple that rate at a 97.3% increase. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> is #3, at 45.3% increase. The "crowded" metric is population per square mile, assuming that borders don't change (by land erosion or reclamation) by 2025.</p><p>Of the Top 40, the two cities with the highest estimated population growth (within the span of the generation leading up to 2025) are both in Saudi Arabia: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riyadh</a> (166.6% increase) and&nbsp;Jiddah (137.4% increase), trailed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brasilia</a>, Brazil at 118.6%. The only other city with a projected growth of more than 100% is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>, Georgia, at 114.7% population growth to become the 40th most crowded city by 2025.</p><p>The cities with the lowest projected population growth are: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul-Incheon</a>, South Korea at 1.4...</p> China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, on China&rsquo;s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hong Kong, from the perspective of crazy, fearless Russian kids Archinect 2014-08-25T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Safety regulations are weird. All the exits are viewed with cameras; each door is equipped with an alarm (or even two), which notifies the police and building security in case of an alert. However, usually you don&rsquo;t need any permission to get to the business center, and all the doors are open during working hours Monday to Friday, all the alarms are switched off. So, if you are interested in city views from the height without having any problems with the police, just buy a ticket to Hong Kong.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Life and Death of an Impossible City Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City of Darkness Revisited is a photo book and cultural history of Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned, densely populated enclave within Hong Kong.[...] It was like nothing else in Hong Kong: a mass of interconnected 12- and 14-story buildings forming a single huge structure, its facade glowing from the light of hundreds of apartments and shops. Clearly there was no administrative oversight. It was too dense, too ad-hoc, too unrestrained. All this was clear before even entering the place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> helped photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot fund and complete the new edition of their book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>City of Darkness Revisited</em></a>, about life in Hong Kong's legendary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kowloon Walled City</a>.</p> Asia’s richest man is building Hong Kong apartments barely bigger than a prison cell Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T14:34:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Li&rsquo;s development company Cheung Kong will start selling &ldquo;micro-apartments&rdquo; for between HK$1.94 and HK$2 million ($250,000 to $260,000) a unit on July 26. The 196 mini flats, part of a larger development (pdf) of 1,071 units, are among the cheapest in Hong Kong and less than 200 square feet, or around 18 square meters. The smallest of the apartments come with usable area of just 177 sq. ft, including a 97 sq. ft living room, a 13 sq. ft kitchen and a 31 sq. ft bathroom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China town: meet the architecture giant with Asian designs on London Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T23:44:45-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our Chinese clients have their sights set on London, and they know what they want,&rdquo; says Keith Griffiths, the Welsh-born chairman of Aedas, who presides over the 1,400-strong practice from its Hong Kong headquarters. &ldquo;They are used to high rise, high density, truly mixed-use developments &ndash; having everything on one site, so you can live, work and play without ever leaving the building. We think that's the way London needs to densify.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vertical Horizon 2nd Edition: Romain Jacquet-Lagreze's cityscapes of Hong Kong Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:45:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze decided to release a second edition of his book 'Vertical Horizon', featuring 56 photos from the first book and 22 new vertigo-inducing images</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Aedas wins top honors for Revitalisation Project at the latest HKIA Annual Awards in Hong Kong Justine Testado 2014-06-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-12T14:22:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Annual Awards, Aedas was no doubt victorious once again with two preservation/renewal projects: "Art Community": Revitalisation Project in Wan Chai, Hong Kong and Center 66 in Wuxi, China. As the highest architectural awards program in Hong Kong, the HKIA Awards recognizes outstanding architecture designed by HKIA members.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aedas</a> once again won the highest honor, Medal of the Year, in addition to the Special Architectural Award in Heritage + Adaptive Reuse for the Revitalisation Project.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the project, which preserved and revived an early 20th-century shophouse building into a public space for arts and culture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More info and photos on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> WSJ's beautifully crafted story of the Kowloon Walled City Paul Petrunia 2014-04-28T19:31:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:13:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City was the densest place on the planet before it was torn down 20 years ago. In this Wall Street Journal interactive, you can take a trip through the city, explore its history and hear from the people who lived there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The WSJ has developed an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">impressive rich-media piece</a> on the Kowloon Walled City using photography, video, audio, text and interactive features to tell the stories of the history, environment and inhabitants.&nbsp;</p> China censors sci-fi film about Hong Kong's political and social anxieties Justine Testado 2014-04-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T17:03:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The video reveals Hong Kongers&rsquo; anxieties over political and social issues, such as their increasingly crowded and materialist city and the growing numbers of mainlanders since the city's transfer from the United Kingdom to China in 1997. It sends the opposite message of a very common view among mainlanders, that without China's economic support, Hong Kong would have been dead long ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed After 33 Years" is a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video by local film studio G.V.A Creative. Set in present-day Hong Kong, the city has become the target of an approaching meteor expected to hit in 2047 -- the year when the Special Administrative Region of China ceases to have separate laws from mainland China. As nearly two-thirds of the population abandons the city, the city is reborn despite its doom.</p><p>You can watch the entire film below.</p> Get Lectured: University of Hong Kong, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-04-01T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:32:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster comes from The University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Unless noted, lectures take place at 6:30 pm at Room KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, HKU. Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>APRIL</strong></p><p><em>April 2</em><br><strong>Gurjit Singh</strong> / Principal, MATHAROO<br>"Succulent Thighs and Other Stories"<br>at Room 101, KK Leung Building, HKU</p><p><em>April 4</em><br><strong>Dong Yu Gan</strong> / Professor, Peking University<br>"Tectonic of Chinese Garden"</p><p><em>April 11</em><br><strong>Terunobu Fujimori</strong> / Professor, Kogakuin...</p> “Floating Art Platform” - winner of the West Kowloon Arts Pavilion competition Justine Testado 2014-02-07T20:36:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's a better look into the first-place entry of the West Kowloon Arts Pavilion Design Competition by VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung. Their proposal 'Floating Art Platform' will be realized into the new Arts Pavilion as part of the growing development of Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>You can find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the West Kowloon Cultural District Arts Pavilion</a></p> XML’s Arts Pavilion proposal for the West Kowloon Cultural District Justine Testado 2014-02-04T00:01:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:17-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the recent conclusion of the Arts Pavilion Design Competition for Hong Kong's developing West Kowloon Cultural District, Dutch design practice XML shared their competition entry "A&sup2;" with us. Although they were met with stiff competition and didn't place, their proposal is still worth knowing about.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Catch a glimpse of how XML would've designed the pavilion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find more project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Winners of the West Kowloon Cultural District Arts Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-03T20:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:53:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Development plans for Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) continue to grow with the recently concluded Arts Pavilion Design Competition, wherein the new waterfront pavilion will become the main exhibition space for the to-be-built M+ Museum. The new Arts Pavilion is set to be built by 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury chose three prize winners out of 100 submissions:</p><p><strong>1st Prize: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung </strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2nd Prize: ROGERSPARTNERS and Arthur C. S. Kwok Architects &amp; Associates </strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>3rd Prize: Hestia &amp; Vish Limited</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Six honorable mentions were also selected:</strong> Matheson Whiteley and Andrew Lee King Fun &amp; Associates Architects Ltd; ESKYIU and LEAD; O Studio Architects Limited with ARCA Limited; J&auml;gnef&auml;lt Milton with Leigh &amp; Orange Ltd; David Kohn Architects with TFP Farrells; and Nina Lesser, Michel Chung, Man Hok Wai, Nic Banks, Glory Wang.</p><p>Find additional details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>