Fall 2020 Public Lecture Series
11-Sep-2020 - 27-Nov-2020
To be held virtually via Zoom
HKU Department of Architecture
Fall 2020 Public Lecture Series
Critical Eyes: Roll, Action, Cut!

In December 2019 an invisible virus invaded parts of China. On the 14th of March the French president declared war on the baptised Covid-19, an invisible but present enemy. Schools, Universities, and all public institutions shut their doors, avoiding massive propagation of the virus.

Universities in Hong Kong, their students, teachers and administrative staff had already had a very difficult first semester due to massive protests and political unrest on the extradition laws. This city that always represented and felt like one of the most efficient and ordered cities in the world now looked vandalised and bruised, crying for redemption. In the second semester, the enemy was silent, invisible and lethal. It would take its victims in the most excruciating way; leaving them breathless.

All Universities, as did all governments, could only rely on the advice of chief medical advisors, Deans of medical schools, distinguished professors of virology and epidemiology who became the new landmarks of every nation and society. Most Universities suspended classes and asked everyone to prepare online instructions urgently. By mid-April, Zoom participants across the world had increased to three hundred million. Every school of architecture made its lectures and reviews “truly public”. Watching a screen was and will be for a long time the new way of receiving and delivering lectures, courses, discussions and even an Apéro amongst friends!

At HKU and the Department of Architecture, we pride ourselves in turning cloudy skies and constraints into bright horizons. This fall’s lecture series will exploit our relationship with the screen, we pay homage to many directors and creators of the “Seventh Art”.

We will turn our public lecture series into a publicly global film-lecture series, screenings of many films that have directly or indirectly situated architecture in a larger context of the city and its socio-economic intricacies will be the centre of our debates.

Ten categories of films will be discussed by directors / historians / architects / designers/ experts and cinéphiles.

We count on your active participation, see you on Zoom.

Professor Nasrin Seraji-AA DIPL FRIBA – ONM-OAL

Lecture Schedule

September 11, 2020, 6:30pm
Frédéric Biamonti
, Director and Writer
From Vertov to Godard – city as stage, suburbs as alter ego
with Nasrin Seraji, HKU

September 17, 2020, 8:00pm
Phyllis Lambert, Founder, Canadian Centre for Architecture
From Jane Jacobs to Phyllis Lambert – the city as dream
with Clover Lee, plusClover

September 24, 2020, 8:00pm
Barry Bergdoll
, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University
From Pruitt-Igoe to the Twin Towers – guilty until proven innocent
with Eunice Seng, HKU

October 29, 2020, 6:30pm
Françoise Fromonot, Professor, ENSA Paris-Belleville
From Koolhaas to Rem – the other architect
with Nasrin Seraji, HKU

October 30, 2020, 6:30pm
Catherine Lassen, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, The University of Sydney
From Utzon to Leplastrier – the edge of the possible to framing the view
with Angela Pang, PangArchitect

November 5, 2020, 6:30pm
Ting Guo
郭婷, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Humanities (Gender Studies), HKU
From Antonioni’s Chung Kuo to the Red Dragon – western critical view of the East
with Tao Zhu, HKU

November 12, 2020, 6:30pm
Gary Chang
張智強, Founder, Edge Design Institute Ltd.
From Charlotte Perriand to Charles and Ray Eames – architecture and domesticity
with Eric Schuldenfrei, HKU

November 19, 2020, 6:30pm
Deane Simpson, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and Urban planning, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)
From Ricardo Porro to Samuel Mockbee – hidden powers of architecture
with Sony Devabhaktuni, HKU

November 20, 2020, 6:30pm
Andreas Ruby, Director, SAM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
From Dr No to No Time to Die – parodies of intelligence agency and artificial intelligence
with Thomas Tsang, HKU

November 27, 2020, 6:30pm
Françoise Fromonot,
Professor, ENSA Paris-Belleville
From Geography to Technology – are bricks any different than wine
with Guillaume Othenin-Girard, HKU

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Conceived and Directed by Prof. Nasrin Seraji AADIPL FRIBA
Montage Produced by Noella Kwok + Annie Lye