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Call for proposals: Deep City – Climate crisis, Democracy and the Digital

Deep City – Climate crisis, democracy and the digital. 24-27 March 2021

2020(21) International Latsis Symposium – Open Forum

Big data, smart systems, machine learning – it is inevitable that these new technologies will change the way we study, build and manage our cities. At the same time resurgent interest in consensus and contributive action seems to oppose an exclusively data-driven urbanism. Is the opposition of machine intelligence and democracy inevitable, or are shared trajectories possible?

Politicians, social scientists, urbanists, and architects find their working methods and disciplinary knowledge challenged by insights derived from big data, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). As both citizens and experts in the many respective fields, our mission must be to bring in our disciplinary knowledge and civic engagement to support the appropriate development and discussion of data-driven tools, to consider both their biases and potentials, and to promote broader social literacy and criticality. Ultimately, it is a question of both decanting the technical quality of these new instruments of design, management and decision making, as well as enhancing democratic control over them. How do we do this? Do our disciplines currently lack adequate strategies to understand, let alone critique or exploit the knowledge-products of machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data?

Due to the ongoing covid-19 crisis, the International Deep City Latsis Symposium has been rescheduled to 24-27th March 2021 with an innovative conference concept where the digital and the physical will join to create a global dialogical field. To ground this field and foster meaningful exchange, the organisers launch a Call for Proposals, ranging from operational practices to speculative and theoretical questionings. These can be presented in written, built, coded, drawn, figured, imagined, filmed, modelled or in any other way conveyed format. Participants will be able to attend and present their work in person at any of its three main sites or through the Deep City analog-digital platform where they’ll be able to participate and discuss with the event’s global audience.

Deep City will take place on the EPFL Campus in Lausanne, from 24 to 27 March 2021, with parallel and common activities in partner sites Singapore (in collaboration with SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design) and Hong Kong (in collaboration with HKU The University of Hong Kong). This social and cultural event will connect different cities and time zones, augmenting the physical experience through the digital and augmenting the digital through a unique approach to the physical.

Conference themes:

  • Data, democracy and sovereignty: towards new urban and political imaginaries.
  • New digital tools for urban governance.
  • New material agencies.
  • Making ground for new negotiations between the technological, the ecological and the social.
  • Resilient cities in the post-Anthropocene
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence as new forms of design rationality

Deep City is organized by EPFL Institute of Architecture’s laboratories ALICE (Atelier de la conception de l’espace) and LDM (Media and Design Laboratory) in collaboration with SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design and The University of Hong Kong.

The deadline for submissions is 20 October 2020.

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Important message from the Department of Architecture

Dear Department of Architecture Students,

To protect our entire community, please observe the following:

 

 

1 Your temperature will be taken daily for your HKU ID cards to unlock your studio doors. The temperature reading times each day are from 9-10am and 1:30-2:30pm. After the temperature check your HKU ID card will continue to open your studio doors until 9am the next day and on Friday it will continue to work until 9am on Monday.

 

 

2 Masks must be worn in the Knowles Building at all time. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after opening and closing any door. There is hand sanitizer at each studio door.

 

 

3 Maintain appropriate social distancing of remaining 2 meters apart, whenever practicable.

 

 

4 Do not allow in other students into studio. No eating in studio.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Desks are labeled A and B. Desks labeled A must be completely empty so they can be cleaned each Tue and Thurs morning from 8-11am. Desks labeled B must be empty so they can be cleaned each Mon, Wed, Fri morning from 8-11am. Any work found on a desk on the day it is to be cleaned will be thrown out and the student cannot make a claim against the Department for the loss of work or the expense of the model materials. No storing any materials on the floor and the floor must be clean at all times.

 

 

6 Materials for making models and completed models and drawings are to be stored on the 4th floor. Your HKU ID card will work for these rooms after you have had your temperature checked.

 

 

7 Any housemate that arrives back from overseas must be announced in an email to Eunice Kwok (ekwokth@hku.hk).

 

8 Students with housemates with fever or respiratory symptoms must not return to the campus. They should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

 

9 Any violation of these regulations will result in the loss of the use of studio, the fabrication workshop, and laser cutting facilities for a week for that individual. These regulations might need to change from time to time, depending on the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong and any other factor determined by the Department of Architecture.

 


We seek for your cooperation and understanding with complying with these regulations to protect the health of everyone in society, not just yourself and not just our HKU community. Please continue to stay vigilant and make our collective health the top priority.

Best wishes,
Eric Schuldenfrei
Head of the Department of Architecture

Building a brick landscape for Changliu Village

Year 1 Studio Construction Project, December 2012

In December 2012, 64 Year 1 architectural students travelled to Changliu Village in Guangdong Province for a 1-week construction project. Conducted as part of the Experiential Learning curriculum at the Department of Architecture, the project involved the design and construction of a public plaza in front of the village ancestral hall. Limited to only bricks and mortar, the students working in groups of four designed 18 individual structures. Working side by side with tutors, students tackled on-site challenges with materials, construction and even weather. Collaborating with contractors, villagers and among themselves, students actively engaged in a process of making architecture that is otherwise not possible in a classroom setting. For Chinese villages, the ancestral hall is always the most important public space. The newly built brick landscape reinforces this fundamental idea and offers new community space to the villagers of Changliu.

Location: Changliu Village, Liangkou Town, Conghua, Guangdong Province, China

Total Area: 100 sqm
Total Cost: RMB 60000 (USD 9600)
Unit Cost: RMB 600 /sqm (USD 96/sqm)
Tutors: John Lin (Coordinator), Mei Chiu, Miho Hirabayashi, Jae Lim, Chad Mckee, Thomas Tsang
Course Assistant: Crystal Kwan

Year 1 Studio Construction Project, December 2012

Department of Architecture Fall 2012 Public Lecture Series – In_Form

Lecture Title:

Vectors, Arcs and Tangents

Speaker:

Hani Rashid
Founder and Principal, Asymptote Architecture

Date/Time:

24 Sep (Mon), 6:30 pm

Venue:

KB726, 7/F, Knowles Building, HKU


Lecture Title:

Messy Urbanism: Bottom-up Placemaking

Speaker:

Jeffrey Hou
Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle

Date/Time:

27 Sep (Thurs), 6:30 pm

Venue:

Room LE4, LG1, Library Extension Building


Lecture Title:

Elegant Formations

Hong Kong | Shanghai

Speaker:

Ali Rahim
Director, Contemporary Architecture Practice, New York City, USA

Date/Time:

Hong Kong: 05 Oct (Fri), 6:30 pm
Shanghai: 08 Oct (Mon), 7:30 pm

Venue:

Hong Kong: Room KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong
Shanghai: 2/F, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou, Shanghai


Lecture Title:

Obsolescence, Sustainability, and Beyond

Hong Kong | Shanghai

Speaker:

Daniel M. Abramson
Associate Professor of Architectural History, Tufts University

Date/Time:

Hong Kong: 26 Oct (Fri), 6:30 pm
Shanghai: 29 Oct (Mon), 7:30 pm

Venue:

Hong Kong: Room KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong
Shanghai: 2/F, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou, Shanghai


* In Hong Kong – All lectures will start at 6:30 pm, take place at Room KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, unless otherwise noted.
In Shanghai – All lectures will start at 7:30 pm, take place on 2/F, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou, Shanghai.

Additional Information:

CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

All lectures are open to the general public.

These lectures are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.

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Hong Kong Shanghai Speaker Title Venue
24 Sep (Mon) Hani Rashid Founder and Principal, Asymptote Architecture Vectors, Arcs and Tangents KB726, 7/F, Knowles Building, HKU
27 Sep (Thurs) Jeffrey Hou Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle Messy Urbanism: Bottom-up Placemaking Room LE4, LG1, Library Extension Building
05 Oct (Fri) 8 Oct (Mon) Ali Rahim Director, Contemporary Architecture Practice, New York City, USA Elegant Formations *
26 Oct (Fri) 29 Oct (Mon) Daniel M. Abramson Associate Professor of Architectural History, Tufts University Obsolescence, Sustainability, and Beyond *
09 Nov (Fri) Donald L. Bates Chair of Architectural Design, University of Melbourne; Founder/Director, LAB Architecture Studio Architecture – The Undisciplined Discipline *
16 Nov (Fri) Liu Jiakun Chief Architect, Jiakun Architects About my work *
23 Nov (Fri) 19 Nov (Mon) Hernan Diaz Alonso Graduate Programs Chair, SCI-Arc; Principal, Xefirotarch, Los Angeles The Rituals of Form *
30 Nov (Fri) Takashi Murakami Artist, Tokyo Rayson Huang Theatre, HKU

 

 

* In Hong Kong – All lectures will start at 6:30 pm, take place at Room KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, unless otherwise noted.
In Shanghai – All lectures will start at 7:30 pm, take place on 2/F, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou, Shanghai.

Additional Information:

CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

All lectures are open to the general public.

These lectures are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.

 

Golden Moon (2012, Hong Kong)

Kristof Crolla, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, was co-designer of the Golden Moon. Three of his associates, Dannes Kok, Kenneth Cheung & Yi Sa Chan are HKU alumni and students.

The Golden Moon is a temporary architectural structure that explores how Hong Kong’s unique building traditions and craftsmanship can be combined with contemporary design techniques in the creation of a highly expressive public event space. It is the 2012 Gold Award winning entry for the Lantern Wonderland design competition organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board for the Mid-Autumn Festival and is in display for 6 days in Victoria Park.

The Golden Moon revisits the traditional Chinese lantern and makes a direct link to the legend of Chang’e – the Moon Goddess of Immortality – whose story is strongly associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. The flames, colours and patterns symbolise the passionate love burning between Chang’e and her husband Houyi – the legendary archer – who are reunited on the moon on that day. A light-weight steel geodesic dome forms the pavilion’s primary structure. Using traditional bamboo scaffolding techniques, bamboo is bent around this geodesic dome to form the secondary structure. This is then clad with stretch fabric flames, all lit up by animated LED lights.

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DATES | 27 September 2012 to 2 October 2012

LOCATION | Victoria Park, Football Pitch 1, Hong Kong

COMPETITION DESIGN | Kristof Crolla & Adam Fingrut

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM | Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange, Dannes Kok, Kenneth Cheung and Yi Sa Chan of LEAD, with Nicholas Benner, Chris Lee (Anthropods Associates Ltd.), Paulina Lau (APT Engineering Consultant Ltd.)

CONSTRUCTION | Free Form Construction Co. Ltd. (Main Contractor), Fonkwang Development Ltd. & Guangzhou Shipyard Company Ltd. (Steel), Wing Yick Scaffolders (Bamboo), Wings Design Production Ltd. (Fabric), LED Artist (LED)

LIGHT & SOUND DESIGN | LED Artist

SPECIAL THANKS TO | Mason Hung, Helen Chiu, Joanne Poon, Rob May, Matthew Melnyk, Martin Riese, Andrew Reid, Jay Forster, Kevin Ng.

 

Hoyin Lee lectures on “Heritage Mysteries of Yau Ma Tei Theatre”

Hoyin Lee, Director of the Architectural Conservation Programme in the Department of Architecture, was part of a public lecture titled “Heritage Mysteries of Yau Ma Tei Theatre“.

He was invited to the lecture as part of the Seminar on Building and Heritage Conservation of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre (油麻地戲院的建築與文物保育座談會), organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It was held at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, 21 July 2012.

John Lin wins Architectural Review’s Housing Competition 2012

Mr John LIN, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, won the Architectural Review’s Housing Competition 2012. This was for his project “The Shijia House” (House for All Seasons).

The project began as an experiential learning workshop at The University of Hong Kong led by Assistant Professor John Lin and funded by the Luke Him Sau Charitable Trust.

More details can be found on House For All Seasons in Shaanxi Province, China by John Lin and AR House 2012 Winners Announced

ACP Singapore Field Study (Year 1)

From 6 to 19 June 2012, the Year-1 ACP class went on a field study to Singapore, under the compulsory ACP core course “ARCH 8107 Field Study II: South China and East Asia.” This year’s ACP Field Study II focused on Singapore’s most important waterfront development: Fullerton Heritage, which combines conservation with new development. The Field Study was supported by the following organizations in Singapore: (1) the architectural practice WOHA (lecture and studio for students); (2) Singapore Government’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (lecture and review of students’ presentations); (3) Sino Group (lecture and guided tour of the study site).

HOUR25: HKU Architecture Papers Vol.1

HOUR25 is the first volume of the HKU Architecture Papers, a student-edited series of annual publications chronicling the design work of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong during the academic year 2010-2011. With an emphasis on process, behaviour, and phasing, the series provides a window into architectural education in Hong Kong. It rejects the nature of cataloguing the yearly output of the school. The editorial board decided to highlight the process of architecture as much as the final products. This decision was made after weeks of reviewing a broad range of studio projects and theses, when a catalogue-alike publication was almost finished. However the previous version beautifies architecture as mere images, it does not allow readers to begin to understand the process of architecture. Thus, HOUR25 is conceived.

Initiated and edited by a group of architecture students at the University of Hong Kong, HOUR25 creates a platform for architectural discourse through highlights of the year’s selected student works, critical essays from professors, reviews of academic programmes, interviews with visiting lecturers, transcripts of public reviews, and a chronicle of studio life at the Department of Architecture.

For more information, download the fact sheet or visit the website: http://www.hour-25.com

The book will be available in stores soon and can also be ordered online.