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Arnold Wong (BAAS 2011, MArch 2014) won Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition

Alumnus Arnold WONG Yok Fai (BAAS 2011, MArch 2014) and his team have won in the Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition for their entry ‘The Beacon of Hong Kong’.

With a hollow letters design, ‘The Beacon of Hong Kong’ creates an interactive effect and enables visitors to become part of the art. A mesh design is also incorporated to reinterpret the traditional Chinese window frame and ‘screen’ craftsmanship in a contemporary way.

Organised by the Development Bureau and the Harbourfront Commission, the Competition called for a photogenic Victoria Harbour word art design to be developed into a new landmark on the Hong Kong Island.

‘The Beacon of Hong Kong’ is currently installed at the East Coast Park Precinct at Fortress Hill’s harbourfront. For more information, please visit: https://www.devb.gov.hk/en/issues_in_focus/victoria_harbour_word_art_competition/word_art/index.html
https://arta.archi/project/the-beacon-of-hong-kong

Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'Victoria Harbour Word Art Competition winning entry - 'The Beacon of Hong Kong'

Nesia Cheung has won DFA CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award 2021

Nesia Cheung (BAAS ’18, MArch ’21) has won DFA CreateSmart Young Design Talent Special Award 2021

Between total disappearance and reconstructed cliché, my thesis proposes an alternative: turning the dismantled Queen’s Pier into a constant process of re-appearing, in each round to retell and re-make history, to re-live in the new reality.

Congratulations to Nesia Cheung @necheung (BAAS ’18, MArch ’21) for winning the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (Environmental Design) 2021 with her thesis Dis-a-pier | Re-a-pier, advised by Tao Zhu and Guillaume Othenin-Girard, with Nasrine Seraji.

With this award, Nesia hopes to raise the awareness of Hong Kong’s disappearing historical buildings and contribute to the local architectural scene by conserving and giving new life to historic buildings in Hong Kong.

In this thesis, I have chosen to “reconstruct Queen’s Pier ” as a focus to put forward the hypothesis that architecture can be a tool to retell disappeared history and also open up new uses by injecting new life into this piece of old architecture. Rather than treating Queen’s Pier as an obsolete object, I have paired Queen’s Pier’s historical significance in relation to the current geographical, social and political setting in Hong Kong with the goals of recalling memory as well as opening up new purposes of the pier in the future.

More information on YDTA DFA Awards website

1 – Site and Architectural Analysis of Queens Pier
1 – Site and Architectural Analysis of Queen’s Pier

2 – Site Selection – Three Thresholds of Hong Kong
2 – Site Selection – Three Thresholds of Hong Kong

3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival
3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival

3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival
3 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Square Urban Festival

4 – Site 2 – Tamar Harbour Pool
4 – Site 2 – Tamar Harbour Pool

5 – Site 3 – Border Theatre
5 – Site 3 – Border Theatre

6 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Sq festival Panel B
6 – Site 1 – Edinburgh Sq festival Panel B

7 – Site 2 – Tamar harbour pool Panel B
7 – Site 2 – Tamar harbour pool Panel B

8 – Site 3 – Border Theatre Panel B
8 – Site 3 – Border Theatre Panel B
Harbour Front

Harbourfront Public Furniture Competition

Ten of our students, graduates, and Faculty staff have won in the Harbourfront Public Furniture Competition, organised by the Harbour Office of the Development Bureau and the Harbourfront Commission.

The Competition called for creative furniture designs to enhance visitors’ experience along the Victoria Harbourfront. The winning entries are:

  1. ‘By the Harbour’ by Vicky KONG Chin Wai (BSc(Surv) 2004), HUNG Kam Fai (BAAS 2004; MArch 2007) and their team
  2. ‘Dialogue at Distance’ by Weldon LEE (MArch 2012)
  3. ‘Endurance of Stricken Woods’ by Charles LAI Chun Wai (PhD student) and his team
  4. ‘Flip Along’ by Zeth KO Pak Kan (BAAS 2012; MArch 2015) and his team
  5. ‘VH Puzzled’ by Zeth KO Pak Kan (BAAS 2012; MArch 2015) and his team
  6. ‘Sit-easy’ by Wyan YEUNG Li Shung (MArch 2011) and his team
  7. ‘Social Ring’ by Arnold WONG Yok Fai (BAAS 2011; MArch 2014)
  8. ‘Urban Pebbles’ by Jason HILGEFORT, Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Jennifer YIP Yi Kwan (MArch 2019)
  9. ‘The Weave Chair’ by CHO Lok Man (MArch1)

These winning projects are installed at three promenades by Victoria Harbour, namely Hoi Fai Road Promenade, Promenade at Water Sports and Recreation Precinct, and Promenade at Pierside Precinct. For more information, visit: https://www.devb.gov.hk/en/issues_in_focus/harbourfront_public_furniture_competition/Index

1. By the Harbour by Vicky KONG Chin Wai, HUNG Kam Fai and team
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2. Dialogue at Distance by Weldon LEE
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3. Endurance of Stricken Woods by Charles LAI Chun Wai and team
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4. Flip Along by Zeth KO Pak Kan and team
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5. VH Puzzled by Zeth KO Pak Kan and team
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6. Sit-easy by Wyan YEUNG Li Shung and team
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7. Social Ring by Arnold WONG Yok Fai
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8. Urban Pebbles by Jason HILGEFORT and Jennifer YIP Yi Kwan
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9. The Weave Chair by CHO Lok Man
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John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant

John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant

John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant

More from Graham Foundation


Project title

Renovation Toolbox: A guided tour of innovative houses by self-builders in rural China

Project abstract

“Renovation Toolbox: A guided tour of innovative houses by self-builders in rural China” develops a series of short movies to spread stories of vernacular adaptations.

It has been over 50 years since Architecture Without Architects introduced vernacular or “non-pedigreed” architecture to a wider audience. Revisiting Rudofsky’s premise on vernacular architecture through the lens of contemporary China is to be confronted with abandonment, infrastructural collisions, mutations, adaptations, and contested territories. What we find today is a transitional life-style through a hybrid way of living. Stories of structural adaptation of traditional houses often happen alongside social and community transformation. The films act as “guided tours” of these transformations, narrating the design responses that negotiate between traditional housing forms and the changing conditions of the rural village. The goal is to bring the research to life actively demonstrating to governments and self-builders the culturally and environmentally sustainable benefit of adapting traditional houses as opposed to abandonment.

Project statement

The underpinning research uncovered examples of innovative, sustainable and efficient renovations of vernacular houses done by spontaneous builders in four remote locations in rural China. These renovated houses have already been represented through photographs and drawings in the previous research project, but in order to bring the research to life and to actively demonstrate the benefits of adapting traditional houses, a series of follow up films will be developed. The films act as “guided tours” of the renovations, making those remote houses virtually accessible.

There will be four films, each one corresponding to a vernacular house typology that emerged from the previous research (underground houses in Sanmenxia, Shanxi; wooden houses in Guizhou, Guiyang; collective houses in Longyan, Fujian; and seasonal houses in Shangri-La, Yunnan). The aim is to encourage people to consider adaptation as alternative over cheaply available building methods that are currently transforming the rural landscape. The project will also potentially influence policy in vernacular houses preservation. The understanding of adaptation as a viable strategy can help to reduce the abandonment of traditional houses and ensure the longevity of vernacular structures.

The films will have a greater impact on the actual production of the rural built environment – much of which is made without architects.


John Lin bestowed a 2021 Graham Foundation grant
HKU Excellence Awards 2020

HKU Excellence Awards 2020

Two of our faculty members at the Division of Landscape Architecture have received the University’s 2020 Teaching Innovation Award, which aims to encourage pedagogical innovation that demonstrates impact on curriculum design and/or student learning:

  • Mr Gavin S. Coates has received an Individual Award for ‘continuing and enhancing field trip learning experiences in the online and dual-mode teaching environment’.
  • Mr Mathew Pryor (Team Leader), together with Miss Lynn Hanyuning Lin, Senior Research Assistant, and Dr Tyrone T.O. Kwok of Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative, have received a Team Award for their e-learning platform – the Digital Exhibition Space (DES).

The HKU Excellence Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of the University’s academics in teaching and learning and in research, and recognise their contributions to knowledge exchange with society.

Mr Gavin S. Goates and his wife
Mr Gavin S. Coates and Mrs Gloria Coates
Mr Mathew Pryor, Miss Lynn Hanyuning Lin and Dr Tyrone T.O. Kwok
Mr Mathew Pryor, Miss Lynn Hanyuning Lin and Dr Tyrone T.O. Kwok
Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), presents the Teaching Innovation Award to Mr Mathew Pryor and his team
Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), presents the Teaching Innovation Award to Mr Mathew Pryor and his team
Professor Xiang Zhang, President and Vice-Chancellor, presents the Teaching Innovation Award to Mr Gavin S. Goates
Professor Xiang Zhang, President and Vice-Chancellor, presents the Teaching Innovation Award to Mr Gavin S. Coates

 

2020 Book of the Year Award by ASU Institute for Humanities Research

Dr Juan Du, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Associate Dean (International and Mainland China Affairs) and Director of the Urban Ecologies Design Lab (UEDL) of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been presented the 2020 Book of the Year Award for Interdisciplinary Research by the Arizona State University (ASU) Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) for her book The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City (Harvard University Press, 2020).

The Shenzhen Experiment, published by Harvard University Press, unravels the myth of Shenzhen, a modern “miracle” that grew at an unprecedented rate from a rural border town into a megacity of 20 million within 40 years. Ten years in the making, the book reveals a surprising history for this so-called “instant city” and its success, which is not only attributed to centralised planning and economic policies, but also due to its diverse, vibrant communities such as indigenous farmers and migrant workers.

The IHR Book of the Year Jury commended The Shenzhen Experiment to be “beautifully written, masterfully narrated, rigorously researched, convincingly argued, and acutely relevant in today’s world. Du has brought environmental studies, urban studies, ethnic studies and the power of narrative non-fiction to bear on an illuminating story about the politics and possibilities of massive societal transformation.”

The Shenzhen Experiment has been reviewed by Architectural Record, ICON, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Asian Review of Books, Asian Affairs, Asian Century Institute, The Journal of Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and Nature.

Reviewers commented that “Du’s new book provides historical context on this city’s development. And context is sorely needed: much coverage of Shenzhen’s development repeats the same lazy, government-derived tropes of a ‘fishing village turned megalopolis’ or a technological city of the future.” “The early history of the Shenzhen region is also a fascinating story, and Du is a masterful storyteller. She demonstrates the importance of this area and how it and Hong Kong were not just a barren area inhabited by pirates before the Opium Wars, but that the region was China’s most important salt depository going back millennia.”

Juan Du is an award-winning scholar, architectural and urban designer with extensive experience in architectural education and practice in Asia, United States and Europe. Her works have been featured by international journals and media, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and CNN. She was recently featured in New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future by Thames & Hudson Publishers (London).

About ASU Institute for Humanities Research Book Award
Established in 2008, the IHR Book Award offered by the Arizona State University has been awarded annually to a non-fiction work of humanities-based scholarship. The Book Award acknowledges the significant contribution of outstanding writers to the field of Humanities.

For IHR Book Award official website, please visit:
https://ihr.asu.edu/book-award

About The Shenzhen Experiment

HKU Press Release [Chinese] [English]

Chinmoy Sarkar

NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership

Awardee for the 2019/20 Cohort

Congratulations to Dr Chinmoy Sarkar from India, #HKU Assistant Professor of Faculty of Architecture, for being named the inaugural NAM-HKU Fellow in Global Health Leadership!

Educated in India and the U.K., Dr Sarkar’s aspiration to be a leader in addressing important global health challenges will be fulfilled by the Fellowship through undertaking HKU Master of Public Health and attachments at the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Medicine and HKU School of Public Health.

The Fellowship scheme is generously supported by Dr Patrick Poon, Council member and Convocation Chairman of The University of Hong Kong. More details about the Fellowship is at: https://sph.hku.hk/en/nam-hkufellows

HKU Architecture Papers Vol.3 wins 2015 50 Books | 50 Covers Competition

MAKE ROOM: Afterlives of Theses, the third volume of the HKU Architecture Papers series, has won the “50 Books” category of the 2015 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, organized by The Design Observer Group in association with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

The 50 Books | 50 Covers competition continues a ninety-year tradition by the AIGA that honours innovative designers and publishers who actively challenge the design and production of books. This year’s finalists are selected from over 700 entries from over a dozen countries.

For the full announcement of the result, please visit The Design Observer Group’s website at: http://designobserver.com/feature/50-books-|-50-covers-winners-announced/39345/

For information about the book, please visit the publisher’s website at: http://www.mccmcreations.com/#!make-room-hku-architecture-papers/c1ohv

Landscape Architecture graduates and staff awarded – Design NextGen Awards 2016

MLA Graduate Gap Chung Wai-Kin has received the “Full-Brain Innovator” (highest award), at the Design NextGen Awards 2016 organised by the Hong Kong Designers Association, for his MLA Thesis project on “Unplanned Urban Greening”

Ref.: Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong magazine and their website, (issue no.389) for http://ebook.gaahk.org.hk/
Ref.:  (issue no.389) for http://ebook.gaahk.org.hk/

Matthew Pryor from Division of Landscape Architecture and Magic Kwan from Department of Architecture were also awarded the Best Design Educator 2016 in this competition.

Ref.: Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong magazine and their website, (issue no.389) for http://ebook.gaahk.org.hk/
Ref.:  (issue no.389) for http://ebook.gaahk.org.hk/

Chung Wai-Kin has also won the following awards recently, for the same study:

3rd place  – FuturArc Prize 2016: Student category  <http://www.futurarc.com/index.cfm/competitions/2016-fap-student-3rd-prize-winner1/>

Silver Award – 13th Annual Asia Design Awards 2015 第13屆亞洲設計學年獎  Landscape Architecture: Best Original Design Awards 風景園林最佳創意獎   <http://a424420597.oinsite.yh.mynet.cn/_d277115427.htm>

Winner – Earthasia Softscape Accentuation scholarship program, 2016