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Wed 01.08.2014

Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8

Where: At The Center   

Asia's Practical Utopias are the result of private and public investments and offer the public a range of resources: privately owned public spaces, public transit, passage improvements, and space for retail, entertainment and cultural activities. Just as the retreat of the public sphere has raised questions about the future of public space in New York City, Asian cities are faced with the challenge of developing public spaces that satisfy the political and cultural expectations of their leaders and citizens. What role are Practical Utopias playing in this development?

The goal of this program is to expand on the exhibition by exploring how lives are actually lived in or through the buildings by ordinary citizens. It will focus on cities like Shanghai, where complex projects like Xin Tian Di bring out issues of development, gentrification, and preservation, where the Bund Reconstruction offers an illustration of a phenomenal public urban stage, and where the ex-urban scale of Pudong challenges western notions of a functional city. In Hong Kong, public walkways and privately owned public spaces have become the site of political protests in the past year, including the "Occupy" movement encamped under the HSBC bank building. In Seoul, Chonggaecheon, and Tokyo, Roppongi Hills, provide an important case study as well.

Jeffrey Johnson
, Founding director of China Megacities Lab, Columbia University
David Malott, AIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Jonathan Solomon, AIA
, Associate Dean, School of Architecture, Syracuse University; and curator of Practical Utopias
Jennifer Wen Ma, Artist and Core Creative Team Member, Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Games and Paraolympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Alex. Washburn, Assoc. AIA, Chief Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA
, AIANY 2014 President

: Free for AIA members and students with a valid student ID; $10 non-members

Watch the livestream here.

This program is related to the exhibition Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, on view from October 1, 2013 to January 18, 2014.


Building Brands Going Global organized by the AIANY Interiors Committee
Monday, September 30, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Practical Utopias Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Practical Utopias at All Scales: The Diversity of International Work in Asia
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 4:20 pm – 9:30 pm

World Architecture Day 2013 – Day 2 | Practical Utopias Panel discussion
Monday, October 7, 2013, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Planning Infrastructure and Transportation for Dynamic Cities organized by AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Friday, October 11, 2013, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Small Firms/Global Reach
Monday, October 21, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guided Exhibition Tour: Practical Utopias
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Oculus Book Talk: HOUR 25, University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture - CANCELED
Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Archinomics - Effects of Predicted Global Economic Growth on the Architecture Profession organized by AIANY Global Dialogues Committee
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 23, 2012, 2 sessions: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Preservation in Asian Cities
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From Singapore to Seoul: Asian Cities in Film
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guided Exhibition Tour: Practical Utopias
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6:00 -- 8:00pm

nARCHITECTS Forest Pavillon, Tapei
Image copyright Iwan Baan



Affiliated Engineers
Buro Happold Consulting
Duggal Visual Solutions
Ennead Architects
Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc.
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Levien & Company
Mancini Duffy | TSC
New York University
Perkins Eastman
Porcelanosa Group
Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Robert Silman Associates
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Vanguard Construction & Development Co. 

Art of Vinyl
FXFOWLE Architects
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office New York
JFK&M Consulting Group
New York Building Congress
Syska Hennessy Group
TEN Arquitectos
Vanguard Construction & Development Co.
Vantage Technology Consulting
Weidlinger Associates

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