2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. To celebrate this glorious year, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects has organized the Urbanism and Architecture Exhibitions for Excellence in Hangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York. The event aims to showcase Hong Kong architects' expertise, style, and unique insight in orchestrating a matrix of past meeting future and East meeting West.
Through the showcase of both conceptual/built architecture projects and audio-visual objects/ installations, the exhibition invites the Mainland and overseas visitors to explore the tenacity of Hong Kong people, which creates a city with a unique aesthetic of both density and diversity.
"Made" will bridge the past with the present while documenting the rich history, essence and legacy of Hong Kong. Moreover, it pays tribute to well-known masters of architecture: tracing their footprints and perspectives and studying their impact on the city. The new generation of architects is welcome to reflect on the past to envision growth for the future, addressing how heritage can initiate a new cultural wave.
"Make" displays the rich, vivid, and creative environment of Hong Kong's communities and the discernible colours of the various districts, emphasizing local creativity and imagination that emerge from the identity of each street and alleyway. These dives into Hong Kong's neighbourhoods reflect the humanity within the city's architecture, showcasing the local culture and the collective efforts resulting from cross-professional place-making.
We are entering and encountering an age of unforeseen challenges. We confront various issues such as the housing crisis, shortage of natural resources, climate change, wealth inequality, etc. Even the pandemic has created new norms for our perception of distance, interpersonal relationships, living patterns, and sustainable developments. "Making" gathers innovative ideas and voices to transcend the boundaries of architectural frameworks. It imagines how contemporary cities will concentrate on the possibilities that lead to innovation and a new foundation that rises beyond the unpredictable future.
The city's past, present, and future show that our world is not strictly based on linear developments but on active and dynamic processes of continuous changes, collisions, influences, collaboration, and creation. The exhibitors build upon the concept of the "City" as a common language to showcase modern multimedia narratives, allowing the audience to rediscover and appreciate the importance of architectural creations while enjoying these extraordinary showpieces.
Established in 1956, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) aims to advance architectural education and practices in Hong Kong and promote and facilitate the acquisition of knowledge in the various arts and sciences connected in addition to that. The Institute is committed to raising the standard of architectural creativity in Hong Kong, maintaining the code of professional conduct among members, providing services to the public, and nurturing architectural talents by offering courses and counsel in professional practice and practical experience in architecture. The HKIA is also actively engaged in various international unions and councils to take Hong Kong to the lore in the international circle.