Much has been made of the similarities in the built environments of Hong Kong and Manhattan, two high-density coastal cities whose small footprints have encouraged remarkable vertical growth. Appropriately, though for the first time, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) is sending a traveling exhibit to New York for Archtober: Beyond territories: made, made, made. On view at Ideal Glass Studios at 9 West 8th Street from October 10 to 25, the exhibition explores the past 25 years of urban development in Hong Kong, precisely the time since the British ceded control of the region to the People’s Republic of China.
Organized by Professor Bernard V. Lim of Architecture Design and Research Group Ltd.; Roger Wu, a veteran of architectural regeneration projects in Hong Kong, mainland China and the UK; and award-winning Hong Kong architect Stanley Siu, Beyond territories focuses on Hong Kong’s progress in the areas of urban planning and sustainability. It shows the output of some 25 companies, both Hong Kong and international, whose work has defined the character of the city we see today. Organized into three zones—Made, Make, and Making—the exhibition not only explores the unique characteristics of the city’s high density and diversity, it also showcases the multidisciplinary nature of the contributors’ works, which touch on the fields of art, preservation, and sustainability.
According to the exhibition announcement, the “Made” area connects the past with the present while documenting the fascinating history and essence of Hong Kong through the aesthetics and powers of modern design. It pays homage to the great masters of architecture by tracing their perspectives and appreciating their impact on the city. The “Make” zone unveils the lively and creative environment of Hong Kong and the hidden stories of the districts, highlighting the local culture and the collective projects resulting from the creation of interprofessional places. Densely populated, Hong Kong is widely known for its skyscraper landscape that inspires exploration of diverse communities and examination of the ever-changing relationship between human beings and space while reflecting on humanity through architecture. from the city. The “Making” area brings together innovative ideas and voices to transcend the boundaries of architectural frameworks. It focuses on exploring opportunities to increase the city’s resilience to tomorrow’s unpredictable challenges for a better future.
“We are delighted to see these wonderfully dynamic works by our talented architects, designers and artists, who have managed to showcase the unique beauty of Hong Kong’s past, present and future,” Professor Lim said in a statement. . “We hope to ignite the imagination of a new ecology of creative communities for our environment both locally and globally, and to reveal more of architecture’s contributions to our daily lives.”
New York is the third stage of this 6-month traveling exhibition, which has already been presented in Beijing and Huangzhou, and will end in Hong Kong itself. HKIA is also organizing two symposia in New York that will explore the themes of Beyond territories, which can be followed in person or via zoom. The first is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 11 at the Center for Architecture at 536 Laguardia Place, the second from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Museum of Art and Design at 2 Columbus Circle.