Public Lecture Series

Jing Liu + Sony Devabhaktuni

Jing Liu + Sony Devabhaktuni
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
To be held virtually via Zoom
ZOOMIN: Visiting Professor Talks
@HKU Architecture
Public Space
Jing Liu + Sony Devabhaktuni

Zoom Meeting ID: 988 6576 2147
Zoom Link:
*The total number of attendance is limited to 300


Led by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, SO – IL is a New York-based firm that works across countries and cultures. In an increasingly digitized world, SO – IL’s architecture incorporates innovative physical materials that follow the specific scale and conceptual grounding of each project. SO – IL endeavors to reconnect communities to their environments through architecture. Among their portfolio are bespoke offices in Manhattan, a paradigm-shifting museum at UC Davis in California, innovative furniture for Knoll, a revitalized public square in Paris, and affordable housing in Leon, Mexico. The practice is forward-looking, work within pre-existing sites and imagine places will remain open to a dynamic future.

Lecture Abstract

The public space, as we knew it, used to be “constructed” out of relatively stable and singular concepts, such as democracy, managed states and ethics etc. In the new millennia, Public space in is nothing short of the new frontier of cultural expression, discourse of disobedience, disruptive technological transformation and today, public health crisis. As the conception of space is fundamental to the discipline of architecture, SO – IL has ruminated on the possible shapes of our time through the architecture projects of all scales and temporal limits. In this lecture, founder Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg will discuss SO-IL’s projects within the public realm.

ZOOMIN: Visiting Professor Talks @ HKU Architecture

ZOOMIN, an online lecture series organized by the Department of Architecture, HKU, explores a new way of idea exchanges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the spring of 2020, five distinguished international architects are invited as Visiting Professors to teach at HKU. Since mid-January, they all have been managing to overcome tremendous challenges to teach and communicate with HKU students via internet, from their own home-bases in London, Ljubljana, New York and Asunción. Now this program invites each of them to give a public lecture, via Zoom.

Speakers will share with the HKU community and the general public their architectural thinking and works. After each talk, a HKU professor will open a dialogue with the speaker, to discuss how the current pandemic is impacting our working, living and thinking, and how architecture can confront the dire social and environmental crisis alike.

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