Hong Kong's Position In The Pearl River Delta ' A Cultural Perspective (Wait List Only)
An Evening Discussion with REM KOOLHAAS, Architect and Professor; JIANG JUN, Designer and Critic; and NICK LEUNG, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co. Greater China
Destined to become a crucial presence in the 21st century through sheer size alone, the Pearl River Delta region - a cluster of nine cities with a population of over 60 million - has been gripped by a relentless pursuit of development at a scale and velocity previously unseen in the world. This maelstrom of modernization has been hastened by the presence of two Special Economic Zones: laboratories for the combined experimentation of communism and capitalism that have produced an entirely new urban substance. Against this backdrop, how has Hong Kong fared? What is Hong Kong's position as the gateway to the Pearl River Delta? What has been the impact on cultural developments in this unique political environment?
Rem Koolhaas co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975. He heads both OMA and AMO, the conceptual branch of OMA focused on social, economical and technological developments and exploring territories beyond architectural and urban concerns. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University. He has been studying the Pearl River Delta since the early 1990s, leading a study with Harvard Graduate School of Design that culminated in the publication of Great Leap Forward in 2002. OMA's projects include the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the conceptual master plan for West Kowloon Cultural District.
Jiang Jun is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Urban China magazine. He teaches at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and is also a designer and critic. Jiang has been working on urban research and experimental study, exploring the interrelationship between design phenomenon and urban dynamic. His main works involve urbanism, architecture, product, graphic and art.
Nick Leung is a Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company and leader of its Greater China Office. He has served a range of Asian, American, and European clients in alliance, M&A, and restructuring situations. Leung works with such industries as real estate, ports, airports, and shipping lines.