Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series – Huang Sheng-Yuan
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Lecture Title:
Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series – Huang Sheng-Yuan
Room 419, Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
6:30 am - 8:00 pm

Department of Architecture
Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series
Speaker: Huang Sheng-Yuan 黃聲遠
Lecture Title:  Living in Place and Time

About the Speaker:

Huang Sheng-Yuan, born in Taipei in 1963, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University in the United States. In the early days he worked in Eric Owen Moss Architects as a Project Associate, and before returning to Taiwan, he taught at North Carolina State University.

Huang Sheng-Yuan was born in the generation that transitions from modernism to post-modernism. He has experienced the separation between rationality and emotionality from modern ideologies, which, at the same time, has brought him a clear understanding of the revivalism from the post-modern era that was detached from daily life. Perhaps there was also Huang’s distinctive personal nature which altogether has contributed to his forming of a uniquely contradictory perspective that often sways in between the rational and the sensual.

He firmly believes in the root of architecture that lies deeply within life itself, and life’s truest form is not one of static and tangible qualities, but of dynamic and ephemeral, constantly in change.

As a result, such an acute perception itself has led a direction that is rather ambiguous and whimsical in nature, making Huang and his later established FieldOffice’s works one of a kind in the architecture realm.

Lecture Synopsis:

Today’s lecture consists of three big topics. The first is” Time as Friend”, and there are five cases to show: Shih-fang Yang Memorial Garden、E-wang Community and Guangda Lane、Yilan Social Welfare Center、West Bank Bridge、and Jin-Mei Pedestrian Bridge. They demonstrate how FieldOffice carried out design and budget-raising simultaneously, as they coordinated with the local community and government while waiting for the opportunity to arrive, and in which they created a friendly stroll from the alleyways of the old town to the river bank, and then gently leaps across Yilan River. The second topic is ” Canopy Frame and Landscope Reference Line”, and revolves around Luodong Cultural Working House to exemplify how FieldOffice used the power of emptiness in their design strategy, leaving everything to the public flow, and in turn, inviting everyone in. The last topic is about FieldOffice’s involvement outside of the Yilan city, that amongst the mountains and along the shore, one could also find answers in various kinds of environment, and such a way of searching is precisely to” Living in place”.


****All interested are welcome****