“Alternative Materials” Exhibition @ PMQ

“Alternative Materials” Exhibition @ PMQ

Environmental issues are becoming increasingly alarming in the current climate. The exhibition documents the experimental endeavours of Year 3 students from the BASc (Design+) Studio at the University of Hong Kong in Fall 2021. The studio emphasizes the use of novel materials that have not been widely used in the construction and manufacturing industries, striving to provide new opportunities to the field.

The exploration begins with researching materials and techniques to identify a potential arena that may yield tangible outcomes. Next, students engage in a deeper understanding of the chosen materials to demonstrate their full potential, including organic, plant-based, recycled, recyclable, waste generated, composite, biodegradable, circular, and low footprint.

In response to climate change and the overconsumption of plastics and concrete, the exhibition features students’ explorations as future leaders through hands-on prototyping. By considering environmental, social, and cultural contexts, the collection addresses sustainability in design, to reflect how we exploit resources, manufacture goods and consume products, and seeking to use alternative materials.


Faculty Advisor:
Dennis CHEUNG

Exhibition Assistant:
Giselle LAU

Exhibitors:
Anson Yik Hei CHEUNG
Tsz Kwan HEUNG
Duy Ngoc Anh HUYNH
Matthew Tsun Tik MA
Fergal Yau Wai TSE
Oscar Chun Yan WONG
Yan Shun WONG
Jianing YU


Our exhibitors will also host two weekend workshops, “This is Paper!” and “This is Loofah?”. Reservation is via Eventbrite and details are to be announced in due course. For enquiries, please contact Ms. Isabel Wong of the Department of Architecture, HKU at (Tel: 3917 2136, Email: isabel.wong@hku.hk). Please visit official webpage of the HKU Architecture Gallery Webpage for more information.


This exhibition will observe social distancing measures set out by the government. Visitors can walk in but may be required to take turns to enter the gallery.

“Bibliolattice – A Show of Knots” Exhibition @ University Museum and Art Gallery

Bibliolattice – A Show of Knots

Exhibition
Period:
November 18, 2021 (Thursday) to February 20, 2022 (Sunday)
Opening
Hours: 
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays
Venue: HKU University Museum and Art Gallery
G/F T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU
90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Opening
Reception*:
December 2, 2021 (Thursday)
5:00pm – 6:00pm

This temporary installation was created specifically for the HKU University Museum and Art Gallery, by students from the architecture and landscape architecture programs, led by artist Martha W. Lewis. Bibliolattice is a collective artwork whose structure is suspended from the ceiling, and which combines individual macrame knotworks into a cohesive whole.

This unique structure is the culmination of the M.Arch Disciplinary Elective Course ARCH7479 Temporary Site-Specific Installation from the fall semester, 2021-22. The inspiration for the lattice works derives from grid systems in parametric architecture, from items studied by the class in the Museum’s historic collection, and by the interior design fittings of the Museum itself.

The current exhibitions: Reflected Beauty and High Gothic were also seminal in the construction and conception of this work. Light, which filters through gaps between the macrame weaves is reminiscent of light filtered through the intricate framing of High Gothic stained glass, and the delicate interplay of the antique sepia-toned colour palette was directly inspired by the carpets, paintings and embroideries the class examined when doing research for the project. All students collaborated to make a unique, contemporary handmade work celebrating the history, labour, craftsmanship and refined scholarship that make up the museum, its publications and culture of learning.

Bibliolattice refers to the books and the knowledge flowing within this serene environment, transforming the visual idea of books and carved frames into the softer structural presence of knotwork grilles and ornate string lacework into a festive cluster floating above the texts and the visitors, hovering over the archive as a welcome and a fanfare.


Participants:

Freda Chan, Christy Chan, Nicole Chiew, Cho Lok Man, Jerry Chow, Yimeng Huang, Lau Tsz Ting, Parco Law, Li Chenming, Sherene Ng, Alyssa Tang, Dawn Tang, Preeti Tariq, Kevin Tong, Emily Tsang, Scarlett Tse, Yulai Wang, Alison Wong, Wenyue, Ching Yeung, Marco Yeung, Yeung Suk Ting, Yin Fang Yi, Rochelle Yu, Zeng Tian


*This event will observe social distancing measures set out by the government. Visitors can walk in but may be required to take turns to enter the gallery.

Free Admission.

Tel/Email: (852) 2241 5500 (General Enquiry) / museum@hku.hk

Website: http://www.umag.hku.hk/en/

“Modern Architecture: Postcards” Exhibition | 7 Oct - 15 Nov 2021

Modern Architecture: Postcards

The repertoire of modern architecture is expanding. Modern architecture’s aesthetic and technological project has overshadowed the other “projects,” primarily the social and the climatic. This inventory of postcards on modern architecture, collectively produced by students each describing three examples of architectural modernism through a photograph, a plan, and a piece of written text, presents the building subject as part of a simultaneously coherent yet discursive history of ideas, identities, images, places, and technologies. The postcards characterize modern architecture not only as a style or movement but a complex and contradictory history bound by key formal, theoretical, social, cultural, technological, economic, and political moments in time.

This exhibition constitutes Assignment 1 of the course ARCH2058 History and Theory of Modern Architecture taught by Dr Eunice Seng, with support from Sereypagna Pen, Putri R. Santoso, and Wan Yan.

Chen Yushan
Chiu Yeuk Tung
Chung Wing Sze Cecilia
Gong Tianshu
Ludwig A. E. Hochleitner
Hon Ming Rou
Jiao Yian
Kim Daegeun
Jennifer Lam
Sammie Ng
Sereypagna Pen
Ivan Ardian Santoso
Putri R. Santoso
Sun Ziyue
Fergal Tse Yau Wai
Wan Yan
Yau Pui Yu
Indrawan Valdy
Wang Qianhui
Zhang Yifan


For enquiries, please contact Ms. Eunice Kwok at ekwokth@hku.hk

HKU Architecture Gallery @ Knowles - “Housing Enquiries” BA(AS) Year 4 Exhibition | 11 Oct - 15 Nov 2021

Housing Enquiries

Department of Architecture
The University of Hong Kong
HKU Architecture Gallery @ Knowles

“Housing Enquiries”
BA(AS) Year 4 Exhibition

11 October (Monday) – 15 November 2021 (Monday)
3/F Corridor, Knowles Building (alongside KB319)

Housing is not a room, not a house, not a public house.
Housing is everything.
Housing is plural, not individual, yet intimate.
Housing is difficult but unapologetic.
Housing is the backbone of all cities.
Housing is global, but at the same time very local.
Housing is true urban without the ‘ism’.
Housing is sometimes failure but also success.
Housing is not only social, it transcends it.
Housing is not stereotypical.
Housing is a testimony of time.
Housing is not just about highs and lows.
Housing is experimental while educational.
Housing is learning how to juggle with scales.
Housing is multifunctional and physically hierarchical.
Housing is relative thinking.
Housing is many thresholds from public to private.
Housing is a synthesis of differences, not a segregation.
Housing is not for everyone.
Housing is fundamentally architectural.
Housing is Year 4

This exhibition presents a collection of drawings made by BA(AS) Year 4 students and selected from a three-week period of precedents’ analysis.

The next phase will take these precedents as physical sites and upgrade them with a minimum of 30% of living programme as means to create a critical dialogue between old and new.

Teaching Team: Roberto Requejo Belette, Holger Kehne, Anderson Lee, Olivier Ottevaere, and Human Wu


For enquiries, please contact Ms. Eunice Kwok at ekwokth@hku.hk

“Urban Courtyards - Building Campuses in Shenzhen | Wang Weijen Architecture” Exhibition @ PMQ

“Urban Courtyards – Building Campuses in Shenzhen | Wang Weijen Architecture” Exhibition @ PMQ

Through recently built school projects in Shenzhen by Wang Weijen Architecture, the exhibition explores the vertical transformation of the courtyard typology for campus architecture in a high-density urban context. Assembling together models and drawings of projects including the Shixia Primary School, the Jiaokeyuan Middle School, as well as the Library, Student Center and Dormitory for the Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Campus, the exhibition investigates how the courtyard typology moderates scale with nature, establishing sectional strategies which integrate sky patios and tree terraces for shaping three-dimensional urban courtyards interweaving architecture and landscape prototypes for multilevel campuses in Shenzhen.


For further enquiries, please contact Ms. Eunice Kwok of the Department of Architecture, HKU (ekwokth@hku.hk).

The (Street) Jungle Observation Society

Department of Architecture
The University of Hong Kong
HKU Architecture Gallery @ Knowles

“The (Street) Jungle Observation Society” – BA(AS) Year 2 Exhibition

13 September (Monday ) – 1 October 2021 (Friday)
3/F Corridor, Knowles Building

13 September (Monday) – 20 September 2021 (Monday)
KB318, Knowles Building

Architecture is traditionally perceived as a tangible object, unnaturally placed in a certain habitat, be it natural, man-made or digital. However, it is very rarely questioned how the presence of architecture not only influences its environment, but how it is sensed by it. The year 2 studio will analyze existing architecture, particularly housing, through 3 different visions: human vision,machine vision, and nature vision, debuting the year with one simple task: translating architectural concepts from “on paper” analysis to the built reality of Hong Kong.

Each studio has created a theme under which to operate the analysis of architecture: Sequence Houses, Grid Houses, Puzzle Houses, Cloud Houses, Poche Houses and Mirrored Houses. Therefore, students have been assigned to uncover the real-life postures of these architectural instances in Hong Kong. The images are accompanied by sound sequences depicting their understanding of domesticity in the city of Hong Kong.

The title is an homage to Terunobu Fujimori and Genpei Akasegawa’s “Street Observation Society”, the “Jungle” element being added to represent both the concrete jungle aspect of Hong Kong, but also nature’s general triumph over the built environment, a theme which will be heavily addressed in this semester’s studio.


Exhibition Team:

Lidia Ratoi
Chiara Oggioni
Tianying Li
Chang Su
Yi Sun
Aron Tsang
Cara Roberts


For enquiries, please contact Ms. Eunice Kwok at ekwokth@hku.hk

“Kinetic Grid Structures” Exhibition @ PMQ

Advances in architectural geometry and mechanical simulation have revealed a new kind of spatial mechanism that can be constructed from straight elastic lamellas connected through scissor joints. These lamella grids can be easily manufactured and offer a controlled movement from a flat into a doubly curved shape. This has the potential to inform the design of transformable structures at all scales from foldable roofs and adaptive building facades to medical stents for heart surgery.

We use computational tools to design a grid along so-called asymptotic curves on surfaces with negative Gaussian curvature. We adjust its kinetic behaviour by controlling the element stiffness, joint rotation and support conditions. Through physical prototypes, we investigate various design possibilities and actuation techniques. The Kinetic Umbrella, our first large-scale architectural application, has just been completed in Munich.

The interactive exhibition introduces our research through experimental models and simulations and shows full-scale documentation of the Kinetic Umbrella.


Exhibition Curator:

Eike Schling

Research Team:

Jan Yip Choy, Ka Mak Fan, Hao Feng Chuah, Hing Fung Li, Zongshuai Wan, Jacky Chu, Muye Ma

Academic Partner:

Jonas Schikore M. Sc. (Project Lead: Kinetic Umbrella)
Technical University of Munich, Faculty of Architecture
Pierluigi D’Acunto, Professor for Structural Design


For enquiries, please contact Ms Isabel Wong of the Department of Architecture, HKU at (Tel: 3917 2136, Email: isabel.wong@hku.hk), and visit the HKU Architecture Gallery Webpage.


* This event will observe social distancing measures set out by the government. Visitors can walk in but may be required to take turns to enter the gallery.

“Zine + Architecture - a collection of ideas in writing and design” Exhibition @ PMQ

“Zine + Architecture – a collection of ideas in writing and design” Exhibition @ PMQ

Zine + Architecture – a collection of ideas in writing and design, exhibits a selection of zines, or self-produced architectural magazines, featuring a diverse range of discursive positions on architecture produced by M.Arch Y1 students in the Department of Architecture at HKU. The variety of ideas, practices, and polemics offered through these objects span different eras in architecture and touch upon numerous cultural, territorial, and technical matters. Collectively, these zines capture a spectrum of our students’ thoughts concerning the state of contemporary design practice. More generally, this work speaks to the zine’s significance as a medium through which designers can question and push the disciplinary boundaries of architecture in new theoretical and global directions.

The specific self-publishing medium of the zine has active roots in both architecture and Hong Kong, making it the perfect vessel through which diverse, interactive, and design-oriented perspectives can be introduced and displayed to Hong Kong’s public.

These zines reveal the creative visual and textual modes of expression and exchange at the core of our M.Arch design program, and in connection to architecture’s fundamental relationship to writing and graphic design. They also offer a vital and exciting means to further diversify and challenge architectural discourse—and the discipline at large—at a time of uncertainty.


Exhibition Co-curators:

CHAN Ching Yee (M.Des ’22)
NG Poh Li Sherene (M.Arch ’22)
SIDDIQUE Hafsa (M.Arch ’22)
ZENG Tian (M.Des ’22)
ZHOU Moyun (PhD ’23)

Faculty Adviser:

Cole ROSKAM


For enquiries, please contact Ms Isabel Wong of the Department of Architecture, HKU at (Tel: 3917 2136, Email: isabel.wong@hku.hk), and visit the HKU Architecture Gallery Webpage.

“Healing Architecture” Exhibition @ PMQ

“Healing Architecture” Exhibition @ PMQ

The exhibition draws on Ricky Luk’s (humchuk) art practice that has called attention to mental health challenges in the urban environment. Ricky received his Master in Architecture from the University of Hong Kong in 2012 and has taken up a career as an illustrator and visual artist since 2014. His fourth book, ‘累倒就躺著不要動,’ released in mid-July 2021. Ricky’s creative works also include collaborations with the Centre for Civil Society and Governance, HKU on a project called Focusing on SEN, and with the Department of Psychiatry, HKU for the development of HK Flow Tool, a mental health recognition tool. Currently, Ricky is researching the outlying island community as an artist-in-residence in the ‘Lamma Mia’ public art project organised by the Art Promotion Office, LCSD.

Throughout the course of three weeks, visitors would see the building of the exhibition in progress with live in-situ visits with the artist. Open exhibition studio visits will be held every Thursday and Saturday. For more details and registration, please visit HKU Architecture Gallery@eventbrite.


For enquiries, please contact Ms Isabel Wong of the Department of Architecture, HKU at (Tel: 3917 2136, Email: isabel.wong@hku.hk), and visit the HKU Architecture Gallery Webpage.
DUPAD Degree Show

2020-2021 DUPAD Degree Show

2020 – 2021 DUPAD Degree Show

Organizer
Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, HKU

Private Viewupad degree show 02
Friday, 30 July 2021, 17:00-19:00

Open Exhibition
Saturday, 31 July 2021, 10:00-19:00
Sunday, 1 August 2021, 10:00-19:00
Monday, 2 August 2021, 10:00-18:00

Venue
City Gallery, 3 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong (next to City Hall Lower Block)

The Private View of the DUPAD Degree Show of Master of Urban Design, Master of Science in Urban Planning, and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies programmes, held from 17:00-19:00 on 30 July 2021 (Friday) at City Gallery, 3 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong (next to City Hall Lower Block).

The Degree Show Open Exhibition will be held from 10:00 to 19:00 from 31 July to 1 August as well as 10:00 to 18:00 on 2 August at City Gallery

For enquiries, please contact Michele Leung by email: mccleung@hku.hk or phone: 3917 2721.