Public Lecture Series

CUSTOM MADE – Naturalizing Tradition

CUSTOM MADE – Naturalizing Tradition
19-Feb-2016 - 02-Mar-2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
K.K. Leung Concourse, and Room 419 Knowles Building, HKU Hong Kong
CUSTOM MADE - Naturalizing Tradition
Halvor Weider Ellefsen, Mirza Mujezinovic,Karl Otto Ellefsen, Shi Yang

Exhibition Opening

Date: 19 Feb 2016 (Friday)
Time: 17:30
Venue: K.K. Leung Concourse, K.K. Leung Building, HKU

CUSTOM MADE – Naturalizing Tradition refers to the interplay between convention and customization in Norwegian architecture and urban development. The exhibition is conceptualized around the central elements constituting architecture: The Wall and The Book. The Wall shows architecture as built within a school of thought. The Book shows architecture as written and represented, referring to how architecture is understood, discussed and legitimized. This dichotomy can be defined as respectively “the tradition of production”, meaning architectural practice, and “the production of tradition”, referring to architectural debates and discourses. Custom Made is not about projecting a new canon onto Norwegian architecture and urban development. It is about proliferation and multitude. This exhibition exposes the ecology of architectural culture in Norway, not as a singular and unanimous tradition, but as a collection of customized precedents, both the built and the written ones.

Curators: Halvor Weider Ellefsen, Mirza Mujezinovic, Shi Yang

Exhibition Period: 19 Feb 2016 – 2 Mar 2016
Venue: K.K. Leung Concourse, K.K. Leung Building, HKU

Opening Forum – CUSTOM MADE: Contemporary Norwegian Architectural Interventions  

Date: 19 Feb 2016 (Friday)
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Venue: Room 419, 4/F Knowles Building, HKU

Custom Made – Naturalizing Tradition
Halvor Weider Ellefsen
Halvor Weider Ellefsen is a practicing architect, researcher and Associate Professor at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He graduated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen in 2005. His research doctorate (2015) focuses on contemporary harbor front developments and urban design in Oslo 1982 -2012.

Translation and Exchanges
Mirza Mujezinovic
Mirza Mujezinovic is the principal of MALARCHITECTURE. Mujezinovic graduated at NTNU in Trondheim (2001). As a Fulbright Fellow he was awarded a postgraduate degree at the GSAPP at Columbia University in New York (2004). His research doctorate (2015) focuses on the large-scale urban projects in Norway 1968-1983.

Landscape Reading and Small Scale Architectural Interventions
Karl Otto Ellefsen
Karl Otto Ellefsen is a Professor in Architecture and Urbanism and was heading the Oslo School of Architecture and Design as Rektor (2001-2014). He is currently Dean of International Relations at AHO and President of The European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE). He has played a major role in the development of the Norwegian Tourist Route Project in the last two decades.

Chinese relevance? Two Interventions
Shi Yang
Shi Yang is an architect and founder of hyperSity office. He is a graduate from CAFA and TU Delft, worked with AMO and is currently Assistant Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.

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