Heritage & Architecture Public Forum Transformation of the Former Explosives Magazine: The Future of the Past


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Discussion on architecture and heritage with:

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, architects, designers of the new Asia Society Hong Kong Center
David Neuman, Consultant to the Site Architect Selection Competition & Architect for the University of Virginia
David Lung, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong (Moderator)

A shared culture and heritage are considered essential in connecting a society as disparate as Hong Kong. There is growing recognition of the need to protect and conserve built heritage in the city. One such example is the new home of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine in Admiralty. This discussion will explore how the project came into being, the vision of the architects, and the architectural conservation lessons that Hong Kong and the region can learn from the project.


Tod Williams is principal of his own firm, and in 1986 formed the partnership, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The firm's work was honored by the American Institute of Architects in 2002 for the American Folk Art Museum, the first new museum built in New York City in over three decades. Award-winning designs by the firm include Skirkanich Hall at University of Pennsylvania which received a National Honor Award from the AIA in 2010; the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center which was awarded an AIA New York Honor Award for interior architecture; and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library which won an AIA NY Honor Award for Architecture. Mr. Williams has held visiting professorships at the University of Texas in Austin, University of Michigan, and University of Virginia. In 1992 he was made a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. In 2007 he was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Billie Tsien has worked with Tod Williams since 1977. Her current work includes the Asia Society Hong Kong Center complex, a new museum for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, a performing and visual arts center at the University of Chicago, and an information technology campus in Mumbai, India. Ms. Tsien maintains an interest in work that bridges the realms of art and architecture. She serves on the advisory council for the Yale School of Architecture, and is a Director of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy is Rome, where she was in residence during 1999. Ms. Tsien has taught extensively in architectural programs throughout the US including the Parsons School of Design, Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.


David Neuman

David Neuman is the Architect for the University of Virginia, where he guides sustainability and land use planning, facilities planning, and the design of capital projects at university-owned lands and facilities. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he previously served as University Architect at Stanford University and Campus Architect and Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Neuman has won over 80 national, state and regional professional awards for his campus plans, historic preservation projects, and individual building and landscape designs. His publications include Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture; A Guidebook to the Stanford Campus and Building Type Basics for Campus Planning and Campus Facilities.


David Lung

David Lung is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Resources Management. He was also Founding Director of the Architectural Conservation Programme at the Univeristy of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture. Prior to entering academia, he was an Associate Partner at Taoho Design Architects. His recent publications include Built Heritage in Transition: a Critique on Hong Kong’s Conservation Movement and the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance and Heritage City - Preserving the Authenticity of Culture and Heritage. (Moderator)


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Event Details

Fri 10 Feb 2012
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

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