Discussion on Central Waterfront, its Landscape, and Urban potentials

Discussion on Central Waterfront, its Landscape, and Urban potentials
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
HUB (S710-711), 7/F, Block A, PMQ,
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Discussion on Central Waterfront, its Landscape, and Urban potentials

Session 1 (14:30-16:30)

“Central waterfront and its landscape”
Invited speakers: Michael Kokora, Valarie Portefaix
Guest speaker:
Tiffany Lau, Executive Director, ULI Hong Kong;
Melissa Cate Christ, Founding Director, Transverse Studio

Melissa Cate Christ is a Research Assistant Professor of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), a registered landscape architect (Canada), and the founding director of transverse studio. Prior to teaching at PolyU, Melissa was an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and a designer and project manager at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. She has also worked as an urban designer at DuToit, Allsopp, Hillier, and as an instructor at the University of Toronto. Melissa has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.

Michael Kokora is a founding partner at OBJECT TERRITORIES, a critical design practice based in Hong Kong and New York that works at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The firm works on projects ranging from strategic interventions to regional masterplans exploring the spatial conditions between objects (buildings) and territories (landscapes) to create intelligent forms with a commitment to public space. Recent projects include a greenway masterplan for the city of St. Louis, a public park in Da Nang, Vietnam, a masterplan for revitalizing the Erie Canal in New York, a landscape masterplan for downtown Oakland, a masterplan in South Korea, and a winery in northern China. At the University of Hong Kong Michael teaches in the Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs where he has been developing new urban/landscape visions in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Tiffany Lau is the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Hong Kong, a global non-profit organisation focused on the responsible use of land with over 500 members in Hong Kong. She is also the Founder & Principal of Apart Companies, an advisory, project management, and development firm focused on creative repositioning and redevelopment of commercial real estate in urban markets with a base in Hong Kong and New York. Before founding Apart, Tiffany was a Management Consultant and member of the Penn Plaza team at Vornado Realty Trust, the largest office owner in New York City and was responsible for the creation of an award-winning public open space above North America’s busiest transit hub. She has held previous development and asset management roles at Jamestown Properties, as well as the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where her work focused on urban stewardship and district-level revitalisation under the Bloomberg administration. Tiffany earned a B.A. in Urban Design and Architecture from New York University, and a M.Sc. in Real Estate Development at Columbia University.

Valérie Portefaix is the principal and co-founder of MAP Office, a multidisciplinary platform shared with Laurent Gutierrez. Based in Hong Kong since 1996, she has been working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. MAP Office entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. MAP Office projects have been exhibited in major international art, design and architecture events and their publications include: An Atlas of Asia (2018), Our Ocean Guide (2017); Unreal Estates of China (2007); The Parrot’s Tale (2007); MAP Office – Where the Map is the Territory (2011), My PRD Stories (2005), HK LAB 2 (2005); HK LAB (2002); Mapping HK (2000).

Session 2 (17:00-19:00)

“Urban potentials in the Central district”
Invited speakers: Fai Au, Wallace Chang
Guest speaker: Corrin Chan, Chair of Hong Kong Architecture Centre, Director of AOS Architecture

Fai Au is Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong and the founder and principal of O Studio Architects. He is the champion of 2007 Hong Kong Young Architects Award, the winner of 2012 Perspective 40 under 40 Award and the winner of Young Architect Prize, 2014 Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Award. He has led O Studio Architects to deliver award-winning projects including: WKCD Arts Pavilion (Commendation Entry), WKCD Xiqu Center (Finalist with Foster+Partners) and Church of Seed (HKIA Medal of the Year outside Hong Kong). Fai Au is the co-curator of 2017 HKSZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong). His works have been featured in exhibitions including Venice Biennale, HKSZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, PMQ 10×100 Exhibition, “REVEAL 2: +-x÷” Exhibition and “Past Present Future – Tracking Hong Kong” Exhibition.

Corrin Chan is Chairlady of the Hong Kong Architecture Center, Chairlady of Board of Internal Affairs (2015-17)and Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects 2013-2017. She is Director of AOS. Architecture, Registered Architect in Hong Kong. She received her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University New York and Bachelor in Architecture (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong. Besides the practice of Architecture, she has had experience in curating Exhibitions, Book Publications, Articles on Architecture, Art Installations and Collaborations with other disciplines. She has curated several Exhibitions: ”Play to Change” at Oi, “The 10 Most Like Hong Kong Architecture”, “Reveal 2 at Artistree +-x÷ for the Community”, “Reveal 1 at Artistree 築自室”, “朝行晚拆”, “HK97 International Ideas Competitions”.

Wallace Chang Ping Hung, Fellow of HKIA; Registered Architect in Hong Kong and China; Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, HKU; Chairman of 1a Space;Director of the Urban Place Research Unit; Visiting Scholar in Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University; Advisory Committee Member on Revitalization of Historic Buildings. He is both an architectural practitioner and theorist on urban design, cultural conservation and community participation. His award-winning designs range from urban washroom to university academic building. Also, he is a social activist to promote a civil consciousness on urban environment, community conservation and sustainable planning, including his recent advocacy on the redevelopment planning and architecture of Shek Tsai Leng [Dills Corner Garden] Elderly Caring District. He has been conducting research with exhibition in Habitat City and Bamboo Theatre. His latest research, Kai Tak River Green Corridor Community Education Project.